I am an Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University. While my specialties include black politics, racial politics, urban politics, public opinion, and American political thought, I’m particularly interested in intra-racial inequality (and resistance to it) in the wake of the neoliberal turn. I’ve published work in both academic journals and mainstream media, and can regularly be heard on National Public Radio and the Marc Steiner Show.
In 2009 I received the Hopkins Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award, and in 2013 my book Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics received the National Conference of Black Political Scientists W.E.B. Distinguished Book Award.
A proud native of the Detroit area and a die-hard Wolverine I am also a husband and a father of five.