I moved to Brighton, England in 2013 to take up a lectureship in American history at the University of Sussex.
I'm not your typical historian. When I'm not lecturing or researching the history of racial justice movements, I'm speaking on tv, researching intriguing historical stories, and writing for film & tv. I'm passionate about helping people fully experience and understand the world around them.
I've appeared live on BBC television news, offered my expertise on the History Channel, and had my blogging featured in the Washington Post. I earned my stripes with the Emmy-award winning production team of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, for which my duties including checking the voicemail of The Atone Phone.
While living in Cairo, Egypt from 2009 to 2011, I fell in love with the work of Nobel Prizewinning Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz. My screenplay based on the first novel of Mahfouz's The Cairo Trilogy earned me the rights to adapt his work for screen. The script has gained support from execs at Scott Free, Bedlam, and Apostle Productions.
I have received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring from Duke University and the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award from the University of Sussex. I hold a PhD in History from Duke University and a BA from the University of Virginia.
Would you like to commission me for historical research or screenwriting? Invite me to speak on your show or at your event? Or invite me on a random adventure?
I've never met a stranger, and I doubt you'll be one. Let's be in touch!
Photo credit: Sara A. Murphy