Association for the Study of African American Life and History / 2018 Conference

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Department of History
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
Current (Anticipated December 2020), PhD Candidate in United States History
Committee: Dr. Amanda I. Seligman (Chair), Dr. Joe Austin, Dr. Joseph Rodriguez, Dr. Robert S. Smith (Marquette University)
Dissertation Title: “Policing Exceptionalism: Race, Law Enforcement, and the Black-led Struggle for Accountability in Milwaukee”
Fields of Specialization: 20th Century U.S. History / Metropolitan History / Black History / Policing and the Carceral State / Public History / Oral History / Archival Records Management

American University, Washington, D.C.
2011 M.A., United States History, Public History Concentration

Suffolk University, Boston, MA
2006 B.S., United States History



With Robert S. Smith, “Brew City Bellwether: The Changing Landscape of the Black Family in Milwaukee” in Contemporary African American Families: Achievements, Challenges, and Empowerment Strategies in the 21st Century, edited by Dorothy Smith-Ruiz and Sherri Lawson-Clark, (New York: Routledge, 2016)

Various entries in Margo J. Anderson, Thomas J. Jablonsky, James Marten, and Amanda I. Seligman, eds., The Encyclopedia of Milwaukee,


“Long before Sterling Brown’s arrest, Milwaukee struggled with a policing problem,” The Washington Post, June 3, 2018, 

“Not Examined, But Rectified”: Let Milwaukee Heed Khalif Rainey’s Advice,” Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, August 17, 2016,


R1 Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship, UW-Milwaukee, AY 2019-2020
Governor’s Archives Award in Archival Achievement, Wisconsin Historical Society, Northwestern Mutual Archives, 2019
Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship, UW-Milwaukee, AY 2018-2019
Graduate Student Excellence Fellowship, UW-Milwaukee, AY 2017-2018
Graduate Student Travel Award, UW-Milwaukee, 2013
Chancellor’s Graduate Student Award, UW-Milwaukee, AY 2012-2013
Graduate Student Fellow, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, AY 2010-2011
Academic Merit Award, College of Arts and Sciences, American University, 2010
History Department Book Prize, Suffolk University, 2005, 2006


Teaching Assistant (Instructor: Chia Youyee Vang), History 297/497: Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam: History and Culture, Winter 2018
Teaching Assistant (Instructor: Robert S. Smith), History 150: Multicultural America, Fall 2016
Instructor of Record, History 446: African American History Since the Civil War, Spring 2016
Teaching Assistant (Instructor: Robert S. Smith), History 150: Multicultural America, Fall 2015


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, History Department, Milwaukee, WI
Project Assistant, Hmong Diaspora Studies Program, AY 2017–2018
Project Assistant, Cultures & Communities Program, AY 2014–2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017
Research Assistant, The Encyclopedia of Milwaukee, AY 2013–2014
Project Assistant, The Encyclopedia of Milwaukee, AY 2012–2013

Northwestern Mutual, Milwaukee, WI
Corporate Archives Technician, 2014–2020

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Golda Meir Library, Milwaukee, WI
Archives Technician, American Geographical Society Library, 2012–2014
Web Developer, Digital Humanities Lab, 2013–2014

American University, Washington, DC
Senior Library Assistant, Bender Library, 2010–2011
Web Developer, History Department, 2011

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Anacostia Community Museum, Web Developer, Paid Internship, Summer 2011
National Museum of American History, Web Developer, Paid Internship, 2010–2011


In progress, “African Americans in the Milwaukee Police Department Oral History Project.” Developed in partnership with UW-Milwaukee Archives and Wisconsin Black Historical Society and Museum, 2016-Present.

“March on Milwaukee 50th Anniversary: 200 Nights of Freedom” Oral History Committee Chair. Developed in partnership with the Wisconsin Historical Society, UW-Milwaukee Libraries, Wisconsin Black Historical Society, Marquette University Libraries, and Milwaukee County Historical Society, 2017-2018.


(Delayed due to COVID19 Pandemic), “Towards a Liberated Black Milwaukee: The Strategic Evolution of Police Accountability Mobilizations in a Midwestern City,” Urban History Association Conference, Detroit, Michigan, October 2020

(Pending), “Black Cops, Cream City: Oral History and African American Policing in Milwaukee,” Oral History Association, Baltimore, Maryland, October 2020

(Canceled due to COVID19 Pandemic) “Beyond the Grave: African American Resistance and the Deceased,” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., April 2020

“Federalism and Policing Under the ‘First White President,’” The Labor and Working-Class History Association, Durham, NC, May 2019

“In King’s Name: The League of Martin’s Struggle to End Police Racism in Milwaukee,” Association for the Study of African-American Life and History, Indianapolis, IN, October 2018

“To Defuse a ‘Powder Keg’: Historicizing the 2016 Milwaukee Uprising,” Roundtable Organizer, The Labor and Working-Class History Association, Seattle, WA, June 2017

“Brew City Bellwether: Lessons from Milwaukee, WI,” National Council on Black Studies Annual Conference, Charlotte, N.C., March 2016

“Historicizing the Channels and Landscapes of Power and Struggle in the Neoliberal City,” The Labor and Working-Class History Association Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., May 2015

“All Eyes on the Block: Racial Liberals and Community-based Crime Control in Milwaukee During the Mass Incarceration Era,” Urban History Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, October 2014

“‘Fighting Back Against the Crime Menace,’ Liberal Integrationists and the Criminalization of Milwaukee’s Urban Spaces During the Reagan Era,” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, April 2013

“A Conflicted Reality: Liberal Integrationists and the Criminalization of Urban Space in Milwaukee,” UW-Milwaukee Graduate History Conference on Race and Ethnicity, Milwaukee, WI, February 2013

“The Fight to Make Higher Education Relevant to Black College Students in Milwaukee,” Association for the Study of African American Life and History Annual Meeting, Jacksonville, FL, October 2013

“Perceptions, Strategies, and Consequences: Addressing Crime in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park Community, 1980-1992,” UW-Milwaukee Urban Studies Program Annual Student Forum, Milwaukee, WI, May 2013

“Teaching Digital History and New Media,” Working Group Participant, National Council on Public History Annual Meeting, Ottawa, ON, April 2013

“University-NPS Partnerships and the Benefits of Creative Space: Placing Arlington House in Transnational History,” Roundtable, The Future of Civil War History: Looking Beyond the 150thConference, Gettysburg, PA, March 2013

‘“Partiality Invested With Power:’ Race, Police Brutality, and the Death of Ernest Lacy,” Midwest Labor and Working Class History Graduate Student Colloquium, Milwaukee, WI, February 2013

“Public History Online: Using the Web to Collaborate and Share,” Working Group Facilitator, Organization of American Historians and National Council On Public History Joint Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, April 2012

“Interpreting the Lives of People of Color at Arlington House,” Poster Session, National Council on Public History Annual Meeting, Pensacola, FL, April 2011 (Voted Top Poster)


“Smart Justice during COVID-19: The History of Policing,” Discussant, Wisconsin ACLU, Milwaukee, WI, July 2020.

“Why The Nation Erupted? Historicizing This Moment,” Panelist, Center for Urban Research, Teaching, and Engagement, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, June 2020

“Oral History: Finding a Community Voice,” Roberto Hernández Center 50th Anniversary History Project, UW-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, February 2020

“Doing Public History in Milwaukee Across Institutional and Grassroots Settings: Challenges and Opportunities,” Washington College, Chestertown, MD, December 2019

“A Prince Among Slaves,” Film Discussion Facilitator, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Hosted by UW-Milwaukee Muslim Student Association, February 2017

“From Marshall Clark to Dontre Hamilton: Connecting Racial Terror Lynchings and Anti-Black Police Violence in Milwaukee,” Walking Tour, Urban Underground, Milwaukee, WI, August 2016

“Civilian and Police Relations in Milwaukee,” Invited Lecture, Medical College of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa, WI, August 2016

“The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” Film Discussion Facilitator, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, February 2016

“Museums and Memory on the Internet: Creating the Stitching History Digital Exhibit,” Discussant, with Rachel N. Baum, E.J. Basa, and Allain Daigle, Jewish Museum Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, February 2015

“Digital Humanities Methods: Omeka and Neatline,” UW-Milwaukee Libraries Digital Humanities Lab, Milwaukee, WI, November 2014


Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Anacostia Community Museum, Web Developer, Paid Internship, May 2011–October 2011
National Museum of American History, Web Developer, Paid Internship, August 2010–May 2011

Milwaukee County Historical Society, Milwaukee, WI
Processing Assistant, Brewery Collection, June 2010–August 2010

National Park Service
Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial, Arlington, VA, Furnishing Plan Developer, National Park Service, January 2010–May 2010
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, Great Falls, MD, Historical Interpreter

Museum of African American History
Museum of African American History, Boston, MA, Research Assistant, Gathering Place For Freedom exhibit, January 2006–May 2006


UW-Milwaukee Cultures & Communities Program Website, College of Letters & Sciences, Web, Designer, 2015,

“Stitching History from the Holocaust,” Online Museum Exhibition, UW-Milwaukee Digital, Humanities Lab, Jewish Museum Milwaukee, Project Lead and Web Designer, 2014,

“Transforming Justice: Rethinking the Politics of Security, Mass Incarceration, and Community, Health,” UW-Milwaukee, Center for 21st Century Studies Transdisciplinary Challenge Award project, Web Designer and Developer, 2014-2015,

THATCamp Milwaukee 2014, Conference Website, Web Designer, 2014, (no CSS currently, just HTML)

“The Milwaukee Crime Map Project,” Web Designer, Final Project for History-717, History and the New Media, 2013 (website defunct)

THATCamp NCPH 2012, Conference Website, Web Designer, 2012, 

“Community Documentation Initiative,” Smithsonian Institution, Anacostia Community Museum, Co-Web Developer with Jordan Grant, 2011,

“American Enterprise,” Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, Pre-Exhibition Website, Co-Web Developer with Jordan Grant and Dana Allen-Griel, 2010,


Oral History Committee, Chair, “March on Milwaukee 50th Anniversary: 200 Nights of Freedom,” Milwaukee WI, February 2017-Present

Communications and Logistics Assistant, Imagining America National Conference, Milwaukee, WI, October 2016

Co-Coordinator, The Humanities and Technologies Camp (THATCamp) Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, May 2014

Co-Organizer, UW-Milwaukee History Graduate Student Conference, “Racial Formation, Racial Blindness,” Milwaukee, WI, February 2014

Co-Organizer, Midwest Labor and Working-class History Graduate Student Colloquium, Milwaukee, WI, February 2013

Local Outreach Coordinator, The Humanities and Technologies Camp (THATCamp) Organization of American Historians and National Council On Public History Joint Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, April 2012


UW-Milwaukee Libraries Digital Humanities Lab Advisory Board Member, 2015-2016
Associate Developer, Lab Consultant, UW-Milwaukee Libraries Digital Humanities Lab, 2013-2015
Digital Drop-in Consultant, National Council on Public History Annual Meeting, Spring 2013
Graduate Student Liaison, UW-Milwaukee History Graduate Affairs Committee, 2012-2013
Digital Humanities Consultant, UW-Milwaukee Digital Futures Grant, Spring 2012


Organization of American Historians
National Council on Public History
Labor and Working-Class History Association
Association for the Study of African American Life and History


Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access
Web Design: HTML, CSS and JavaScript
Content Management Systems: WordPress, Omeka, ContentDM and CommonSpot
Geographic Information Systems: Neatline plug-in (Omeka platform)