March 30, 2017

First and foremost - how the heck are ya?  Blogging keeps falling to the very bottom of my list of priorities in the midst of everything else. In fact, I have a timer entered in the split screen allowing myself only 10 minutes to blog. SO!

With publishing, committee-ing...

September 7, 2016

*This post is written with college faculty in mind. I also reflected on some suggestions for hosting a faculty retreat on diversity/race/racism and those notes are include here.*

A friendleague (when your colleague also happens to be your friend) asked today about...

July 29, 2016

Enter exhaustion, awe, irritation, fierce love, boredom. Cue coos, giggles, sobs, cries, and screams. All of this and more. Every day. Ceaselessly.

I've never done anything as constant as motherhood.

I remember in the early weeks, back in April when Roland came into the...

March 2, 2016


Here is my classic elevator speech that in a few seconds attempts to capture who I am and what I do:


I am interested in the way that people connect across differences. More specifically, I explore the how and the why of these connections.


Like any elevator speech, it...

February 16, 2016

I am a little fatigued by the news. I know it's their job to highlight disparities and injustices and all of that - but man - it really brings me down sometimes. I gotta wonder/fantasize what it feels like to be someone who is on the "lucky"/privlieged end of the news....

January 25, 2016

I started this post on December 10th and it's been on my mind since then. I'm not sure if I've figure out the right tone yet, but it's been knocking around for long enough that I feel the need to write something.


Y'all have already heard about Abigail Noel Fisher v. th...

December 7, 2015

Pregnancy and pending parenthood adds a whole other level fo crazy to first semester faculty-dom. I wasn't fully aware how growing a baby in your belly can translate into joining a world full of emotions, fiercely divided sects ("BABYWEAR OR ELSE!"), and unexpected adv...

November 30, 2015

When I started working as a faculty member, I worried about the Ivory Tower effect. So much of academia focuses on abstract, intellectual achievements and I couldn't help but wonder if my work would become increasingly useless to the real world.


In particular, I was ba...

November 23, 2015



There's a lot of talk out there about how to diversify the college faculty. I'm sure you already know the stats, but it can't hurt to restate that higher ed's diversity game is still weak as hell. While about 30 percent of undergraduates acro...

November 16, 2015

 Credit: The Phantom Tolbooth, Jules Feiffer


Entering my first November as a full-time faculty member I am struck by the dreariness that has overtaken me.  In many ways, the academic calendar is a sprint -- 15 [relatively] short weeks that comprise the semester and a p...

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So, a young woman academic of color moves to the Deep South, starts a research lab, her first academic position, and motherhood all at the same time. Hijinks ensue.


Updates from my device to yours on a Mondaily basis.*

*ha.ha.ha this claim was made by a childless Janelle who has since disappeared. How silly. I'll update when I can, y'all.

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