Curriculum Vitae



Ph.D. in History, Columbia University, New York, NY, October 2008

M.A. and M. Phil, History, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2003

B.A., English and History, Spelman College, Atlanta, GAAreas of Specialization

U.S. History post 1865;  African American 20th;  Public History;  U.S. History, 1960s &  1970s;  Archives;  Black Feminist History;  Black Nationalism and Food;  Black Digital Humanities;  Oral History

Academic Honors and Awards

Next System Project Fellow, The Democracy Collaborative – September 2017-present

Fulbright Fellow– Norway, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. State Department – August 2016-June 2017

Philip and Elaina Hampton Fund for Faculty International Initiatives, Miami University Fall 2011 and Fall 2014

National Endowment for the Humanities’ Interpreting America’s Historic Places Planning Grant, Co-Principle Investigator – 2009-2010 

Heanon Wilkins Fellow, Miami University – 2007-2008

Mellon Learning Associate Fellow, Bates College – Spring and Fall 2006

Oral History Training Institute Grantee, Ohio Humanities Council -Summer 2003

Merit Summer Fellow, Columbia University – Summer 2000

Merit Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Columbia University – 2000-2001

Academic/Teaching Experience

Associate Professor, Miami University                                                                2008-Present

Courses Taught:     African-American Women’s History & Feminist Thought; Survey of American History, Post 1865; U.S. in the 1960s, 300-level U.S. in the 1970s, 300 level;  History Methodology; Introduction to African American History;  Oral History: Theory and Practicum, 400-500;   Graduate Seminar: U.S. 1960s Historiography;  Graduate Seminar: History Research and Methodology;  Digital History, 400 level; 1968: Global Revolution; Undergraduate History Honors; Black Feminist Thought

University Service:         Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Planning Committee; Department Graduate Student Committee; Department Advisory Board; Department Speaker’s Committee; Humanities Center Digital Humanities Committee; University Freedom Summer Commemoration Committee; Miami Museum of Art African American Children’s Exhibit Committee; University Bridges Program; Altman Fellow: Urban Futures; AAUP Officer; Heanon Wilkins Fellowship for Faculty Diversity Committee.

Visiting Assistant Professor & Heanon Wilkins Fellow, Miami University    2007-2008

Courses Taught:     Black Feminist Thought and Intro to American History, post 1865

Teaching Associate and Visiting Lecturer, Bates College                                      2006-2007

Courses Taught:               African American Women and Feminist Thought

Teacher Assistant:     White Redemption: Black Representation in Film                                                                                   Queering African American Literature

Professional Experience

Associate Curator of African American History,                                         2003-2005                Western Reserve Historical Society

Implement public programs and exhibitions related to Black Cleveland – subjects included the Underground Railroad, Civil Rights, 1970s – 80s School Desegregation, Louis and Carl Stokes; Solicit donations of individuals, organizations, artifacts, records, and other resources relevant to the African American community; Advocate and Consult with local grass roots group for local, state, and federal preservation of Cozad-Bates House – a site believed to be an Underground Railroad site in danger of seizure.  Process and arrange archival materials for research; Research, write, and lecture on subjects pertinent to local African American history; Conduct oral history and archival workshops in the community; Interact with the African American community through individuals, organizations, and events to publicize the African American Archives.

John Hope Franklin Personal Assistant, President’s Initiative on Race             1997-1998

Respond to correspondence related to President’s Initiative on Race; Recommend books, scholars, or teachers kits that provide useful information on racism, discrimination, or racial tolerance as related to President’s Initiative on Race; Gather information on organizations considered as “promising practices” in race relations; Attend meetings and other events associated with public forums

John Hope Franklin Personal Assistant                                                                               1996-1997

Arrange travel, maintain correspondence, filter invitation requests, other administrative duties related to Dr. John Hope Franklin; Assist John Hope Franklin Research & Archives with archival maintenance and transition of Franklin Papers to Duke University

Administrative/Archival Assistant,                                                                              1994-1995         Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change

Provide basic archival management and maintenance of civil rights papers; Research and provided information on Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights movement, and general African American history; Serve as Summer Scholars program supervisor



Harambee City: The Congress of Racial Equality in Cleveland, Ohio and the Rise of Black Power Populism (University of Arkansas Press, 2017) 

Freedom on My Mind: The Columbia Documentary History of the African American Experience, Manning Marable, Nishani Frazier, John McMillan, eds., (New York: Columbia University Press, 2003)

Policy Paper:

“A ‘New Direction’: A History-Based Proposal for Black Economic Development and Anti-Gentrification Response,” The Next System Project (forthcoming October 2019)

Published Essays, Chapters, and On-Line Scholarship:

Gentrification Website Project – 2018 – present under construction

“David Garrow, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Politics of History,” Black Perspectives (June 7, 2019).

“The FBI and Mischaracterization of Bayard Rustin,” Black Perspectives (December 7, 2017).

“The Return of Black Political Power: How 1970s History Can Guide New Black Mayors Toward a Radical City,” Truth Out (November 6, 2017).

Harambee City Website Archives and Teacher Resource – 2017

Nishani Frazier, Wesley Hogan, et al., “Pedagogical Tools for Teaching Civil Rights,” FIRE!!!: The Multimedia Journal of Black Studies (September 2015)

“The ‘Other’ Jim Jones: Rabbi David Hill, House of Israel, and Black American Religion in the Age of Peoples Temple,” The Jonestown Report, Volume 14 (October 2012)

“A McDonald’s That Reflects the Soul of a People: Hough Area Development Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio” in Laura Hill and Julia Rubig, eds., The Business of Black Power (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press: June 2012)

“Building a Black Nation: CORE, Black Power, and the Community Development Corporation Movement” in Manning Marable and Elizabeth Hinton, eds., The New Black History: Revisiting the Second Reconstruction (New York: Palgrave MacMillan Critical Black Studies Book Series, October 2011)

 “To Die For the People: Prophecy and Death in the Rhetoric of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Fred Hampton in anthology Homegoings, Crossings, and Passings: Life and Death in the African Diaspora (New World African Press, August 2011)

Book Reviews:

Power to Heal: Medicare and the Civil Rights Movement by Daniel Loewenthal and Charles Burnett, H-Fed Hist (forthcoming 2019)

Gentleman from Ohio by Louis Stokes with David Chanoff, H-Fed Hist (January 2018).

Carry It On: The War on Poverty and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama 1964-1972 by Youngblood Ashmore in Journal of American Ethnic History 30:4 (Summer 2011).

Many Minds, One Heart: SNCC’s Dream for a New America by Wesley Hogan in Journal of African American History, Fall 2009.

Work in Progress

“Cooking with Black Nationalism” second manuscript in research preparation

This history cookbook discusses various representations of nationalist ideology and identity as expressed within dietary restrictions and food recipes.  The text is intended to be both functional and a serious study of how black nationalism has changed the culinary culture of various communities from the Nation of Islam and smaller groups like the House of Israel to nation-states like Guyana which also set guidelines for food import and export during its Black Power period.

“Bad N@%#$, Crazy N@%#$” third manuscript in research preparation

Thomas Matthew wrote in his letter to Ebony magazine’s editor that, “crazy niggers…had the guts to tell the honky pig to go fly a kite…and helped transform ‘niggas,’ negroes, and colored folks into black folks by practice as well as theory.” The letter stemmed from a recent special edition on the black male in September 1972, which featured the article “Crazy Niggers!” Although the “crazy nigger” prototype tended toward a male identity, the author was quick to note that any special edition on black women should include Angela Davis as a “distinguished crazy nigger.”

The crazy nigger has spurred both the white and black imagination in family lore, newspaper articles, and magazine essays. What was a pejorative among whites that described black people who refused to accept societal subordination, became for black Americans a heroic symbol. The “crazy nigger” as an ideal – bad and good- appeared in early southern newspapers and eventually peaked in Ebony Magazine’s assertion that black power was the ultimate culmination of the “crazy nigger.” This manuscript traces the roots of black militancy as an intellectual ideal and mythic imagination before its materialization in the classical long movement timeline in the form of black power.

“A Moment in Time,” future manuscript

A history of two men, Johnny Frazier and Ali Shambayati, during the 1960s and 1970s movement for freedom in Mississippi and Iran. It traces their early personal experiences and the events that led to activism in their individual countries. It will also attempt to search out what happened to Shambayati after he departed Britain and became involved in protests and demonstrations to end the reign of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. It also seeks to explain what happened to Shambayati’s family after his capture by the Savak.

Journal/Book/Digital Referee

  • Stanford University Press – Digital Publication Project
  • The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics, and Culture                        
  • University of Georgia Press
  • Oxford University Press (two manuscripts)                                  
  • Journal of African American History                                               
  • Kent State University Press
  • H-Fed Net


  • Sorbonne University- Paris, American Studies Department, December 2018 – Presentation: What Kind of Historian Are You?: How Midwest History Can Make a Movement
  • Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, October 2018  –  Paper Presented: Poor People’s Campaign Lives On!
  • International Oral History Association – Jyväskylä, Finland, June 2018  – Paper Presented: “You Don’t Know Shit and You Can’t Have Shit: Shared Authority and Embracing Silence in Freedom Movement Digital Work”
  • Cleveland State University African American Studies Department, March 2018 -Presentation: Lonely are the Brave: School Desegregation in Cleveland
  • Schomburg Conversations in Black Freedom Studies Series, December 2017 -Presentation: Black Power and CORE
  • Regulator Book Store, November 2017  – Presentation: “Lonely are the Brave,” excerpt from Harambee City
  • Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, October 2017  – Paper Presented: Black Digital Protocols: Inserting Black Studies Back into Digital Humanities.
  • Digital Humanities International Conference, Montreal, August 2017 – Paper Presented: “Power to the People: Recovery and Shared Authority in Civil Right Movement Digital Work”
  • Vienna American Embassy, February 2017  – Lecture: Fighting for an Education: School Desegregation Struggles from 1960s to the Present
  • Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, October 2016 – Roundtable: Reimagining Black Power Studies
  • Irish American Studies Association, National University of Ireland in Galway, April, 2014   – Paper Presented: Black in India: Cross Pollination of Indian and African American Activism
  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland Civil Rights 50 Years Later, March 2014   –     Lecture: Bruce Klunder and the Cleveland Civil Rights Movement 50 Years Later,
  • National Conference of Black Political Scientists, March 2014 –   Paper Presented: “Politics of Sex in the Civil Rights Movement”
  • Miami University Institute for Learning in Retirement, April 2013 –  Paper Presented: “The Many Faces of Rabbi Hill: American Black Power in Guyana
  • Organization of American Historians , April 2012  – Paper Presented: “Black Power is Green Power: Black Power Protest and the formation of Hough Area Development Corporation
  • Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, October 2011  –  Paper Presented: Hough Area Development Corporation and the Business of Black Power
  • Centennial Civil Rights Conference at University of Southern Mississippi, October 2010Presentation: “Oral History Talk with John Frazier”
  • Reflections, Relevance and Continuity: Caribbean and Global Perspectives of Black Power,” University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago – Paper Presented: “Can the Real Rabbi David Hill Stand Up?: Cleveland Conman and Black Power Activist or Guyana’s PNC Henchman,” Sept 2010
  • Business History Conference, March 2010    – Paper Presented: “Black Power is Green Power,”
  • Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History Conference, Sept. 2009   – Paper Presented:  Hopelessly Separated: The NAACP and Black Nationalism
  • Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History Conference, Sept. 2009Panelist Chair: Finding Freedom Summer
  • Weekend University, Miami University, June 2009  – Workshop: “Cause You Never Asked Me’: Oral History Interviews as Primary Source”
  • Penny Lecture Series, Miami University, April 2009   – Lecture: “Negroes Will Not Be Pacifists: CORE and the Early Signs of Black Power”
  • Western Reserve Historical Society , January 2009   –  Lecture: “Where Do We Go From Here?: The Meaning of Martin Luther King after the Election of Barack Obama”
  • OAH Midwest Regional Conference, July 2006   – Paper Presented: “Negroes Will Not Be Pacifists: CORE and the Early Signs of Black Power”
  • Homegoings, Crossings, and Passings: An Academic Conference at Cleveland State University, October 2005 – Paper Presented: “To Die For the People: Prophecy and Death in the Rhetoric of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Fred Hampton”
  • Cleveland Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Conference, November 2004    – Workshop: “’Cause You Never Asked Me’: Oral History Interviews as Primary Source”
  • American Journalism Historians Association, October 2004   – Paper Presented: “Conflict of Duty: Race Over Temperance in the Call and Post Writings of CORE Activist Juanita Morrow, and Religious Activities Editor, Ellen Perry”
  • Cleveland Museum of Art and Western Reserve Historical Society, January 2004   – Lecture: “Re-imagining King, His Holiday, and the I Have a Dream Speech”
  • Building Connections: Ohio’s Conference on History, Preservation, & Revitalization, November 2003 – Workshop: “Documenting the Underground Railroad”
  • Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History Conference, September 2003Panel Commentator: Black Women and Political Activism
  • Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History Conference, September 2003Paper Presented: “Voices from the Underground: Documenting Black Life and Civil Rights from the Ground Up”
  • Martin Luther King Celebration at Bates College, January 2003  – Lecture: “Pimping King, Prostituting X, the Commodification of Black History”
  • Black Feminism 2000 Conference, Columbia University, April 2000  – Paper Presented: “Standing Against Traitors to the Race: Birth Control Opposition in the Black Community 1920-1940”
  • Makin’ Whoopi Conference at Bates College, March 2000  –   Paper Presented: “Maid or Mammy: Historical Memory in the films Clara’s Heart, Long Walk Home, and Corinna, Corinna”

Professional Affiliation

  • National Board, Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History (2019)
  • Co-Chair Academic Committee, Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History (2019)
  • Member, Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History (2003-Present)
  • Academic Conference Committee, Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History (2015-Present)
  • Member, Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (2017-Present)
  • Member, Oral History Association (2016-Present)
  • Member, Association of African American Museums (2003-2005)
  • Member, Black Women’s Political Action Committee – Cleveland (2003-2005)
  • Member, Society of American Archivists (2003-2005)
  • Board Member, Coordinating Council for Women in History (2006-2008)

Professional Development

Grant Investigator/Consultant

  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Grant Advisor  – Virtual Martin Luther King, Jr. Project, North Carolina State University (2018-2019)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Consultant   – “Orientation to the Mississippi Summer Project:  An Interactive Quest for Social Justice,” Interactive storytelling digital project for Freedom Summer (2014-2016)
  • Ohio Humanities Council (2013), Consultant and On-Film Historian  – Documentary on Oxford, Ohio and Freedom Summer.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Co-Principle Investigator  – Interpreting America’s Historic Places Planning Grant (Summer 2008-Fall 2010)

Education/Archival Consultant                                                                                             

Consultant, College Board/AP Exam (Fall 2015-Present) – Workshop trainer for high school educators.  Prepare teachers for rigors of AP Exam and college environment to help facilitate student advancement.

Workshop Leader, Poly Prep Country Day School (Summer 2014) – Summer workshop presentation to teachers interested in new historiographical trends in civil rights and black power studies.

Workshop Leader, Bryn Mawr School (Summer 2013) – Summer workshop presentation to teachers interested in new historiographical trends in civil rights and black power studies.

Consultant, SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) Legacy Group (Spring 2010-2011) – Informal group of former SNCC activists collecting archival papers and attempting to facilitate the preservation and digital availability of documents related to SNCC’s history.

Consultant, CORE Freedom Riders Conference (Spring 2010) – Submitted a proposal in celebration of the Freedom Riders 50th anniversary.

Advisory Board Member, King Library & Archives Mellon Planning Grant (Spring 2010) – Particular emphasis was placed on how to make the Martin Luther King Papers at Stanford, Morehouse, King Library and Archives, and Boston College available online.

Consultant, High on the Hog: A Culinary Journal from Africa to America, Jessica Harris (Spring 2010) – Reviewed Jessica Harris’ manuscript on African American Culinary History.  Currently reviewed in the New York Times Book Section reviewed in the New York Times Book Section.

Consultant, SNCC Conference Committee (Fall 2009) – In preparation of the 50th anniversary of the SNCC formation, worked with SNCC activists to obtain funding for the three-day conference.

International Education/Travel

China:   6-week Chinese language and cultural study program (Summer 2010)

Guyana: 1-week research visit

International Conferences:        

  • Montreal, Canada         
  • Trinidad/Tobago                                                                                                       
  • Jyväskylä, Finland           
  • Vienna, Austria                                                                                                         
  • Oslo, Norway                   
  • Galway, Ireland                                                                                                         
  • Paris, France