Ph.D. Communication, University of California San Diego, [June 2018] 

M.A. Communication, University of California San Diego, 2015                                 

M.F.A. Photography, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2011

B.S. Philosophy and Journalism, Florida A&M University, 2005

EDUCATION


2010 - Current Independent Documentary Photographer and Filmmaker

2014 - 2015 Freelance Photo Editor | Newsweek Magazine | New York, NY

2012 Freelance Photo Editor | CNN Digital | Atlanta, GA

2009 - 2012 Visuals Director | LIFT Dance | Atlanta, GA

2009 - 2011 Freelance Photo Researcher | Bloomsbury Publishing

2008 - 2011 Assistant Photo Editor | Creative Loafing | Atlanta, GA

2007-2008 Multimedia Journalist | Greenville News | Greenville, SC

2006 Dow Jones Editing Fellow | Palm Beach Post | West Palm Beach, FL

2005 News Assistant | St. Petersburg Times Capitol Bureau | Tallahassee, FL

2004 Photo Assistant | Tallahassee Democrat | Tallahassee, FL

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


2017 FOLIO Ozzie Award, Best B2B Single Article, NYC

2017 Graduate Fellow, Center for Humanities, UC San Diego

2016 Knight Visiting Fellow, Nieman Journalism Foundation, Harvard University

2016 Best Film Prize: Porn Star Quotidian, Thinking Gender Conference

2015 Excellence in Diversity Advocacy Award, UC San Diego

2011 Best Photo Dept, Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, Creative Loafing Atl

2010 Best Photo Dept, Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, Creative Loafing Atl

2010 The Mountain Workshops, Photo Editor Fellow

2007 Chips Quinn Scholar

2006 Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Fellow

2005 New York Times Student Journalism Institute Fellow

2005 National Association of Black Journalists Scholar

2001-2005 Presidential Fellow, Florida A&M University

HONORS + AWARDS


2017 Campus Climate Enhancement Grant, UCSD V. Chancellor Equity, Diversity, Inclusion 

2016 Dissertation Writing Grant, Center for Humanities, San Diego, CA 

2016 Graduate Research Grant, UC Consortium for Black Studies in California 

2016 Interdisciplinary Collaboratories Grant, UCSD Graduate Division, San Diego, CA 

2016 Summer Research Grant, UCSD Communication Dept., San Diego, CA 

2015 Summer Research Grant, UCSD Communication Dept., San Diego, CA 

2015 Challenge America Grant, National Endowment for the Arts, San Diego, CA 

2011 Off the Edge|Public Festival Artist Grant, Atlanta, GA 

GRANTS + FELLOWSHIPS


Frame by Frame, Post-Screening Talk + Workshop, Panelist, WorldLink & U. San Diego, 2016

“Through the Lens: Women & Representation,” Panelist, San Diego City College, 2016

“Survival Skills for Diverse Grad Students,” Lead Panelist, UCSD Graduate Division, 2015

“Visual Ethnography / Documentary Practice,” Guest Speaker, Studio for Ethnographic Design, 2015

“Girls Empowered to Make Media,” Co-instructor, Workshop, Girl Scouts of San Diego, 2015

“Photo Editing A Crisis: Newsweek on Ebola” Guest Lecture, American News Media, UCSD, 2014

“Art + Feminism,” Guest Speaker, Cross-Cultural Art Center, San Diego, 2013

“Day in the Life of a Photojournalist,” Workshop, The Showcase School, Atlanta, May 2012

“Thinking Multimedia,” Guest Speaker, Atlanta Technical College, Atlanta, Nov. 2011

“News Media in the Digital Era,” Guest Speaker, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Oct. 2011

INVITED LECTURES & WORKSHOPS


FEATURED ARTIST:

  • Women in Light, LUXE Gallery, San Diego, Joint, Feb. 2016
  • Creatives Rising, SEE Gallery, New York City, Joint, Oct. 2013
  • Dames, Liberty Station Art Walk, San Diego, Solo, Nov. 2013
  • Dames, Atlantic Station, Atlanta, Solo, June 2011
  • Edge/Public, Rialto Center for the Arts, Solo, Atlanta, Jan. 2011
  • Dream of a Common Language, Arnall Golden Gregory Gallery, Atlanta, Joint, Jan. 2011
  • Facets, Gallery 221, Atlanta, Joint, Oct-Dec. 2010
  • A Life Beyond Your Own, RAW Space, Atlanta, Joint, May 2010

CURATOR/JUROR:

  • UCSD Sixth College Film Festival, Juror, San Diego, May 2016
  • Adobe Creative Jam San Diego, Juror, San Diego, Feb. 2016
  • Advisory Board Showcase, Digital Media Lab, Curator, San Diego, Feb. 2014
  • On All the Time, Outside The Lens Digital Media Lab, Juror, San Diego, June 2013
  • My Atlanta, Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival, Juror, Atlanta, Oct. 201
  • Through Your Eyes, Defoor Center, Photo exhibit, Curator, Jan. 2008

SCREENINGS

  • Porn Star Quotidian, Defy Film Fest, Nashville, Aug. 2016
  • Porn Star Quotidian, UFVA Conference, Las Vegas, July 2016
  • Porn Star Quotidian, Ethnografilm Fest, Paris, March 2016
  • Porn Star Quotidian, Thinking Gender Conference, UCLA, Los Angeles, April 2016
  • Porn Star Quotidian, Ethnographic Film Festival, UCSD, San Diego, Dec. 2014
  • LIFTed, Gallery 221, Atlanta, April-May 2010

EXHIBITS


2015-2017 Lecturer, San Diego City College, San Diego CA

- Photojournalism & Documentary Photography; News Media Management; Photo Portfolio; Specialty News Publications

2015-2017 Lecturer, University of California San Diego [UCSD], San Diego, CA

- Television Analysis & Production; News Media Workshop; Topics in Media Production

2015-2016 Lecturer, Art Institute of San Diego, San Diego, CA

- Photojournalism I; Intro to Time-Based Media; Portraiture; Photography E-Portfolio

2013-2015 Graduate Teaching Assistant, UCSD, San Diego, CA

- Social Formations; Introduction to Communication; Introduction to Media Production; Contemporary Minority Filmmakers; Visual Culture; American News Media

2011-2012 Lecturer, The Showcase School, Atlanta, GA

- Introduction to Digital Photography I-II; Visual Storytelling; Video for DSLR

2011-2012 Lecturer, Young Audiences/Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA

- Media Literacy; Visual Storytelling

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

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