Bachelor of Science, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, 1995. Master of Arts, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, 1998. Master of Education, Loyola University, Chicago, 1999.
Doctor of Philosophy, University Illinois, Chicago, 2003.
English teacher Westinghouse High School, Chicago, 1995—1996, Hoffman Estates High School, 1996—1997. Elementary principal Chicago Public School, 1999—2001. Professor African American langauge, literature, performance studies University Iowa, Iowa City, 2003—2009.
Professor writing, rhetoric & digital humanities & African American studies University Kentucky, since 2009. Executive educational consultant Reach One Educational Consulting, Chicago, since 1999.
Opinion writer Iowa City Press Citizen, 2008. Active Police Citizens Review Board, since 2009. Executive committee member Conference College Communication and Composition, Champaign, Illinois, 2008.
Member of Modern Language Association (delegate assembly member since 2005).