Ph.D. Communication, University of California San Diego, 2018

M.A. Arts Administration, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2013                                 

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

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


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


2018-2019Digital Humanities/DigitalStorytelling Faculty Learning Community (LMU)

2018 WomenPhotograph Workshop

2010The Mountain Workshops, Photo Editor Fellow

2006 DowJones Newspaper Fund Institute

2005 NewYork Times Institute


2019Kopenhaver Fellow

2019Best Dissertation, Int. Communication Association Journalism StudiesDivision, (Honorable Mention)

2018 Universityof California Presidential Post-Doctoral Fellowship, (Finalist)

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

2007 Chips Quinn Scholar

2005 National Association of Black Journalists Scholar

2001-2005 Presidential Fellow, Florida A&M University


2017 FletcherJones UC Presidents Dissertation Fellowship, UCSD, San Diego, CA

2017 InterdisciplinaryCollaboratories Grant, UCSD Graduate Division, San Diego, CA

2017 Frontiersof Innovation Scholars Program, UCSD Chancellor’s Office, San Diego, CA

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 


•   Code Switch. 5 min. Dance. Director. 2019

•   Porn Star Quotidian. 19 min. Documentary. Director. 2016.

•   La Fuerza del Ejemplo. 3 min. Web Commercial. Directorof Photography. 2015 


PANEL:“ReVisioning Queer and Trans People of Color inPhotography.” Moderator. Photoville NYC. Sept. 2019

PANEL:“(Re)Defining Technologies: A Roundtable on Interventions & Resistance.” Moderator.NYU’s Critical Race & Digital Studies Conference, Washington, D.C.,May 2019

PAPER:“De-colonizing Photojournalism: Visual Counter Narratives in Social Media.”Cultural Studies Association Conference, New Orleans, May 2019

PANEL:“Playing with Black Space: Creating Black Communities through DigitalCounter-Spaces.” Panelist. National Communication Association Conference, Salt LakeCity, Nov. 2018

PANEL:“DecolonizingAmerican Photography,”Panelist. Photo+ Expo, New York City, 2018

PAPER:“Critical Re-Visionings: Claiming Authority via Instagram.” VisualCommunication Conference,  San Diego, June 2018

PAPER:"Race, Gender & Rationale: The Global Image in the Western Mind." International      Communication Association Annual Conference, Prague, CzechRepublic, May 2018

PANEL:“InclusivityNow,” Moderator. Month of Photography LA. Los Angeles,April 2018

TALK:“Making Pictures: Imperial Frames in Photojournalistic Production.” NationalCommunication Association, Doctoral Honors Seminar, Bowling Green StateUniversity, Ohio, 2017

TALK: “Re-Visioning Blackness in the Social MediaSphere.” Materialist & DeColonial Politics and Aesthetics Workshop, Universityof Granada, Granada, Spain, 2017

PANEL: “Reclaiming Photography,” Moderator, Photoville, New York City, Sept. 2017

PAPER:“Eye and I are One: (dis) Embodied Vision in Photojournalism’s Eyewitness Ideal.”Journalism Studies Colloquium, Intl. Comm. Association Conference, Fukuoka,Japan, 2016

PANEL:Frame by Frame. Panelist. Post-Screening Talk, WorldLink & U. SanDiego, 2016

PANEL:“Through the Lens: Women & Representation.” Panelist. San Diego CityCollege, 2016

TALK:Visual Ethnographies & Documentary Practices. Guest Speaker.UCSD Studio for Ethnographic Design, 2015

WORKSHOP:Girls Empowered to Make Media. Co-instructor. Girl Scouts ofSan Diego, 2015

GUESTLECTURE: “Photo Editing A Crisis: Newsweek on Ebola.” American NewsMedia, UCSD, 2014

PANEL:Art + Feminism.” Guest Speaker. UCSD Cross-Cultural Art CenterDiversity Dinner, 2013

WORKSHOP:Day in the Life of a Photojournalist.” Lecturer. The Showcase School,Atlanta, 2012

GUESTLECTURE: “Thinking Multimedia.” Lecturer. Atlanta Technical College, 2011

TALK:“News Media in the Digital Era.Guest Speaker. Florida A&MUniversity, 2011



•   Parallax, Photoville NYC, Joint, Sept. 2019

•  Parallax, Instagram Headquarters, Joint, NYC, July- Dec. 2019

•  LGBTQ+Heroes Wall, San Diego History Center, San Diego, Joint, June 2018

•  Womenin Light, LUXE Gallery, SanDiego, Joint, Feb. 2016

•  Dames, Liberty Station Art Walk, San Diego, Solo, Nov. 2013

•  CreativesRising, SEE Gallery, NewYork City, Joint, Oct. 2013

•  Dames, Atlantic Station, Atlanta, Solo, June 2011

•  Edge/Public, Rialto Center for the Arts, Solo, Atlanta, Jan. 2011

•  Dreamof a Common Language,Arnall Golden Gregory Gallery, Atlanta, Joint, Jan. 2011

•  Facets, Gallery 221, Atlanta, Joint, Oct-Dec. 2010

•  ALife Beyond Your Own,RAW Space, Atlanta, Joint, May 2010


• “Parallax”,Annenberg Space for Photography’s Photoville LA, Curator, Los Angeles, 2019

• “Sweetgrass & Sunlight” (Photo Essay) Confluence Magazine, Guest Photo Editor, 2019

• AnjaNiedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Awards, Intl. Women’s Media Fund, Juror, 2019

• Candor Arts Residency, Juror, 2019

• The Fence(Photography Exhibit), Juror, 2019

• PhotovilleNYC, Authority Collective (Exhibit) Co-Curator, New York City, 2018

• AuthorityCollective’s The Lit List, Special Jury, 2018

• Nikon+ Women Photograph Grant, Juror, 2018

• UCSDSixth College Film Festival, Juror, San Diego, May 2016

• AdobeCreative Jam San Diego, Juror, San Diego, Feb. 2016

• AdvisoryBoard Showcase, Digital Media Lab, Curator, San Diego, Feb. 2014

• OnAll the Time,Outside The Lens Digital Media Lab, Juror, San Diego, June 2013

• MyAtlanta, Atlanta CelebratesPhotography Festival, Juror, Atlanta, Oct. 2011

• ThroughYour Eyes, Defoor Center, Photoexhibit, Curator, Jan. 2008


2018-CurrentAssistant Professor of Journalism, Loyola MarymountUniversity

Courses taught:Photojournalism; Language of Journalism; Broadcast Journalism; Critical &Ethical Issues in Journalism, Capstone Project

2015-2018Lecturer, San Diego City College

Courses taught: Photojournalism& Documentary Photography; News Media Management; Photo Portfolio;Specialty News Publications

2017 ResearchAssistant, Office of VC Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, University ofCalifornia San Diego

Plannedand implemented strategic communications plan, including data visualization mapof campus diversity, integration with UCSD mobile app and overhaul of EDIwebsite

2017 Instructorof Record, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Teaching Assistant Training, UCSD

Conceivedand implemented five workshop series pilot program on implicit bias brainscience, intersectional pedagogy, inclusive communication, community praxis anddiversifying academia.

2015-2017 Lecturer,University of California San Diego

Courses taught: TelevisionAnalysis & Production; News Media Workshop; Topics in Media Production

2015-2016 Lecturer, Art Institute of San Diego

Courses taught: PhotojournalismI; Intro to Time-Based Media; Portraiture; Photography E-Portfolio

2013-2015 Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of CaliforniaSan Diego

Oversawgrading and led sections: Social Formations; Introduction to Communication;Introduction to Media Production; Contemporary Minority Filmmakers; VisualCulture; American News Media


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