I am an African Americanist trained as a historian of modern America. I write the history of the African American-led unfinished struggle for democracy in the twentieth century, as it relates to Japan and Okinawa. I also continue to investigate the genesis of occupied Okinawa. This long-range research explores the genealogy of U.S. colonialism toward Okinawa during the early Cold War years. I began my academic career in the Center for Ethnic Studies at the Borough of Manhattan Community College of The City University of New York (CUNY).

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: History, University of Minnesota, 2004 -
  • B.A.: History, Macalester College, 1995 -
  • M.A.: History, University of Minnesota, 1999 -


  • Black radicalism and internationalism
  • African American intellectual history
  • Asian American studies
  • Transnational American studies