Research

Studying African-Native American Contact in U.S. History: Challenges and Best Practices. 

IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas : Current Smithsonian Traveling Banner Exhibit. 2009- present.

 

IndiVisible Exhibit Curatorial Advisory Team. National Museum of the American Indian. Smithsonian. Washington, DC. 2007-present.

 

Understandings of Self (e.g., Garifuna and Muskogee Creek Association). Fieldwork in Southern California, 2008. Funded by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and National Museum of African American History and Culture and conducted for the creation of the Smithsonian’s traveling banner exhibit “Indivisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas”, this was a comparative study of how race, racism, and racial admixture affects individual and collective understandings of self in people of blended cultural and/or racial African and Native American ancestry.

 

… And Captions for All: A Case Study of the Enabling Components of Subtitles. This  (Accessible Instructional Media) AIM – currently housed on the MERLOT website (see http://www.merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=547234) and funded by EnAct Sonoma, Merlot, and the Department of Education - demonstrates how closed captions are beneficial to all students, not just those who are hearing impaired. In addition to depicting the effective use of captions in the classroom, research was conducted on the impact of using captions with my students over the last two years. IRB Approved (Total Budget $3000.00).

 

… And Captions for All: The Relevance of Universal Design in Learning in All Higher Education Classrooms. This on-going study – fund by an EnAct Faculty Learning Community Grant - examines the use of captions as an effective tool for reducing barriers to learning in college classroom among officially and un-officially diagnosed student populations. 2006-present. IRB Approved (Total Budget $3000.00).

 

Intracultural Variation and Choctaw Understandings of Self. Dissertation fieldwork in Southeastern Oklahoma and Northeastern Texas, 2000-2002. Comparative study of how race and racial admixture affect individual and collective Choctaw understandings of self.

 

Resisting Racial Identities: Black Choctaw Lived Experiences. Pre-Dissertation Research in Southeastern Oklahoma and Northeastern Texas, 1998-2000. Investigated the lived experiences of Choctaws of African American admixture through person-centered life history interviews.

 

Understanding Intra-racial and Intra-cultural Variation: Urban Black Choctaws. M.A. research in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA 1995-1997. Examined the lived experiences of Choctaws of African American admixture and how they cope with inconsistencies between what they represent to themselves and others.