Ph.D. African American Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
M.A. African American Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
M.A. Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California
B.A. Film and Digital Media, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California
AWARDS AND HONORS
Outstanding Service Award, Esteem Awards, 2013
Authentic Life Award, Transgender Law Center, 2013
Recognition on Inaugural Trans 100 List, We Happy Trans, 2013
Top 40 Under 40 LGBT Activists, The Advocate Magazine, 2013
GLAAD 2013 Media Award Nomination, GLAAD
Empowerment Award, Black Transmen, Inc., 2013
GLAAD National People of Color Media Institute Fellow, 2012
TBOC Fraternity Media Awareness Award, 2010
Audience Choice Award Best Documentary, ReelOut Kingston Film + Video Festival, 2009,
Isaac Julien Experimental Award, QBC International Film and Music Festival, 2008
Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship (1st Alternate/Honorable Mention), 2008
Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship, 2006
Black Weblog Awards: Best Topical Blog for blac (k) ademic, 2006
Porter College Artist Grant, University of California Santa Cruz, 2003
GLBT Historical Society, Panelist, Trans Forming Film: Transgender Filmmaking Past and Future, July 2012. San Francisco, CA.
Mills College, Screening and discussion on Black Trans Identity, February 2012, Oakland, CA.
Northwestern University, Conversation on Black Queer Cinema with Cheryl Dunye, June 2011, Evanston, IL.
Williams Institute, UCLA, Black Trans Identity in the U.S., October, 2011. Los Angeles, CA.
Portland State University, Keynote Speaker: Queer Students of Color Week, April 2011, Portland, OR.
University of California Davis, Invited Artist: Juxtapose Transgender Photography Series, May 2011, Davis, CA.
San Francisco State University, Invited Artist for Ethnic Studies Seminar, May 2011, San Francisco, CA.
University of Georgia Athens, Invited Artist for Black History Month, February 2011, Athens, GA.
Texas A&M University, Keynote Speaker for Black History Month, Making Black Transgender, February 2011, College Station, TX.
University of Iowa, Invited Artist, It Takes Courage to Cry Installation, November 2010, Iowa City, IA.
Princeton University, Panelist: TransActions: Activism in Academia, March 2010, Princeton, NJ.
Black.Movie Film Festival, Panelist, And if Our Genders Were Fiction, February 2010, Geneva, Switzerland
Duke University, Lecture, Screening Sex: Film and the African Diaspora, January 2010, Durham, NC.
Glasgow School of Art, Artist Lecture: The Creative Intellectual: Troubling the Boundaries Between the Artist and the Academic, 2009, Glasgow Scotland
Glasgow Museum of Modern Art, Panelist: Audacity Black History Month Event, 2009, Glasgow Scotland
McGill University, Keynote Speaker: McGill Week, May 2009, Quebec, Canada
Oberlin College, Invited artist, My Name is My Own Series, April 2009, Oberlin, OH.
University of Chicago, Invited artist, Martin Luther King Week, April 2009, Chicago, IL.
Fusion Los Angeles LGBT People of Color Film Festival, Panelist Ignite the Fuse: Queer People of Color in Film and Video, March 2009, Los Angeles, CA.
Smith College, Panelist, Indie Media Makers, October 2006, Northampton, MA.
“Experimental Filmmaking as Black Trans Ethnography” (Forthcoming), Sex and Eros: Sexuality and Eroticism in Black Film, Cinema and Video, 2013.
“Thank You” in Does Your Mama Know?: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Coming Out Stories, 2010, Contributing writer for 2nd Edition
“Academic Blogging as Intercultural Exchange,” From Where I Sit, Association of American Colleges and Universities, September 11, 2010.
FILMS AND VIDEO INSTALLATIONS
brown, 2012, Premiered in Outfest Los Angeles
It Takes Courage to Cry: An Installation, 2010, Premiered at the University of Iowa
El Duet, 2010, World Premiere, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
STILL BLACK: a portrait of black transmen, 2008
Black Lesbian Filmmakers, 2009, Department of African American Studies, Northwestern University
I developed this undergraduate seminar, which critically explores the cinematic work of self identified black lesbians.
Black Women Writers, Teaching Assistant, 2008, Department of African American Studies, Northwestern University
The Cinema of Spike Lee, Teaching Assistant, 2007, Department of Radio, Television, and Film, Northwestern University
Latina/o Cinema, 2005, Co-Instructor, Raza Studies, San Francisco State University
I co-developed this course with Professor Nancy Mirabal in the Raza Studies Department at San Francisco University. The course continues to be taught in the department.