Position Type
- Present

Dawn’s general field of expertise is African history, with a focus on colonialism and its relationship to the history and spread of HIV on the continent of Africa. Additional fields of study are: Atlantic World Slavery, Women in Africa and the Atlantic World, Caribbean History, and African American History. In addition to research she is passionate about students studying on the continent of Africa and in the Caribbean and has taken students to: Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Namibia, Ghana, and Barbados. Prior to returning to graduate school, Dawn had worked as an Emergency Room nurse for about a decade, which piqued her interest in understanding how racism functions within healthcare.

Recently she has taught courses on early and modern African History, Black Women in the Atlantic World, Feminism and Hip Hop, Religions of Africa, African Americans and US Law, South African History, Social Justice: #BlackLivesMatter and the Flint Water Crisis, African Literature and Black Women’s History.

ABD-PhD The Ohio State University, MA The Ohio State University, BA Virginia Commonwealth University

Learning & Teaching


Oral History for Social Change (WGST 250)