I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. My research focuses on race and racism, Black families, health, and inequality.

My work emphasizes three general themes: (1) Critical Race Theory and Black family life; (2) reciprocity between stress and relationship health in couple dyads; and, (3) stress exposure and mental (and physical) health outcomes. (For more information on my research, see Research tab).

From 2016-2019, I was an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Department of Sociology. Prior to entering the department (2014-2016), I was a post-doctoral research associate with minority health disparities.

In 2012, I was a recipient of the American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship. The honor was also highlighted in The Midwest Sociologist.

I received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I received a M.S. in Sociology and a B.A. in English from Mississippi State University.