Attending the American Association for Cancer Research conference

My new research on increasing the uptake of breast cancer screenings among LGBTQ populations will be making its public debut at the 12thAmerican Association for Cancer Research Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved being held in San Francisco, California, September 20-23, 2019.


Two Journal Articles Accepted

I have had two journal articles accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals in the past week. The first article is, “Serena Williams and (the Perception of) Violence: Intersectionality, the Performance of Blackness, and Women’s Professional Tennis,” and will be published in Ethnic and Racial Studies. The second article is, “Rainbow Flags Over Margaret Court Arena: Commemoration vs. Grassroots LGBTQ Social Activism at the Australian Open Tennis Championships,” and will be published in Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture, 10(1/2). These two articles will be published sometime soon. I am so happy that they found nice homes.

Abstract Reviewer for APHA

I have been selected to review abstracts submitted to the “Cancer Forum” program of the American Public Health Association’s annual conference. The conference will held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in November, 2019.

Published in “Routledge Handbook of Tennis: History, Culture and Politics”

I have had a book chapter published in, “Routledge Handbook of Tennis: History, Culture and Politics,” edited by Robert J. Lake ( The book chapter, “The Original 9: The Social Movement That Created Women’s Professional Tennis, 1968-1973,” chronicles The Original 9, a group of nine women – Jane “Peaches” Bartkowicz, Rosemary “Rosie” Casals, Judy Tegart Dalton, Julie Heldman, Billie Jean King, Kristy Pigeon, Kerry Melville Reid, Nancy Richey, and Valerie Zeigenfuss – who banded together in 1970 to pressure the governing bodies of tennis to offer equitable pay and access to tournaments for women as they did for men.  They emerged in and through the women’s liberation movement in the US. “Women’s lob,” coined in the early 1970s by Gladys Heldman, the founding editor of World Tennis magazine, was used to describe the particular feminism that was being used in women’s tennis. The Original 9 drew on two main components of the rhetoric of the broader women’s liberation movement of the time: 1) equal pay for equal work, and 2) access to an economic livelihood (through a sustained and consistent offering of tournaments for women). The Original 9 are credited with creating modern day women’s professional tennis along with the creation of the Women’s Tennis Association in 1973. By contextually grounding the Original 9, the influences, motivations and risks of their protest, as well as the gains they achieved, are illuminated. I am especially proud of this publication because Rosie Casals was my coach throughout my pro tennis career. 

Publication in Teaching Media Quarterly

I have had an article published in the journal, Teaching Media Quarterly. The article, “Engaging Students of Intersectionality Through Sports Media: Using Women’s Tennis to Teach the Matrix of Domination,” outlines the ways in which sports media can be used to engage students when teaching the concepts of intersectionality. Intersectionality is a particular knowledge project that facilitates our understanding of the lived experiences of those who are affected by race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, and other identities, and how social inequalities are organized, operate, and can be challenged in the social world. The social struggle is across relationships that have different levels of power. As such, intersectionality has an implicit and often explicit commitment to social justice. The lesson plan outlined here offers a focused look at Patricia Hill Collins’ “matrix of domination” (Collins 2000; 2009) as the explanatory model for seeing and understanding the various levels of power which operate in our society. Using examples from women’s professional tennis, which are highly mediated events, has proven to be effective as explanatory examples as well as increasing student engagement with the sometimes dense theoretical concepts of intersectionality. This article is part of TMQ’s special issue on Intersectionality and Media.

Published in Fashion, Style & Popular Culture with Rita Liberti

I have had an article published in the journal Fashion, Style & Popular Culture with co-author Rita Liberti, professor of kinesiology at California State University – East Bay. The article, “‘All Frocked Up in Purple’: Rosie Casals, Virginia Slims, and the Politics of Fashion at Wimbledon, 1972,” chronicles the disruption between Wimbledon’s “all-white” clothing rule and Casals’ support of the emerging women’s tennis tour, which was sponsored by Philip Morris as an advertising venue for their Virginia Slims. Casals’ ensemble and the reaction by officials and those in the media symbolized far more than a perceived fashion faux pas by the tennis star. Rather, Casals’ attire and public reaction to it threw into sharp relief debates around equal rights and female independence that raged throughout society during the late 1960s and 1970s. Importantly, the discussions and tensions in relation to Casals’ tennis outfit did not simply mirror these broader conversations, they contributed greatly to them. The dress, like Casals, challenged rules of conduct on the court – and social convention off the court. The attire was, for her, a form of self-expression, which personified a style she was eager to portray to a public not necessarily keen on its exhibition. I am especially proud of this publication because Casals was my coach throughout my pro tennis career.

Book Contract with Routledge

My book, Social Activism in Women’s Tennis: Generations of Politics and Cultural Change, based largely on my dissertation, is under contract with Routledge. Routledge expects delivery of this manuscript in April 2019, with publication afterwards. The book chronicles the lineage of social activism in women’s professional tennis from 1968, when tennis became “open,” to the present. Though the main message of women’s sporting equality has remained the same since 1968, the lineage of social activism in women’s tennis has distinguishable cohorts as women’s tennis gained strength, outside politics changed, and new players entered the space of women’s tennis and others left. Players from previous generations inculcated new players to the culture and politics of women’s tennis at the same time that these new players brought with them new frameworks for understanding the world around them. I am very much looking forward to working with Routledge on this project!

Workshop on Intersectionality for National Science Foundation Grant

I recently had the pleasure of conducting a workshop on intersectionality and Black feminist epistemology for the researchers of the NSF IUSE Grant, “Centering Women of Color in STEM: Identifying and Scaling Up What Helps Women of Color Thrive.” After I presented on the topics, we worked on ways that intersectionality can be used while they are conducting research and when they are analyzing their data. The principal investigators who invited me to conduct this workshop are Angela Johnson and Apriel Hodari.

Published in The Palgrave Handbook of Feminisms and Sport, Leisure and Physical Education, 2018

I have had a chapter published in The Palgrave Handbook of Feminism and Sport, Leisure and Physical Education (2018), edited by Louise Mansfield, Jayne Caudwell, Belinda Wheaton, and Beccy Watson. The book chapter, “Judith Butler, Feminism, and the Sociology of Sport,” chronicles the ways in which Butler’s theories of gender performativity have influenced and been used in sociological scholarship on women and LGBT athletes and sport participation.

Visiting Assistant Professor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Second Year

After teaching exclusively for the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program at St. Mary’s College of Maryland last year, this year I am branching out across campus.  During the fall term, I am teaching “Introduction to Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies” for the third consecutive term, and also “The Female Athlete” as part of the collection of core courses that incoming freshman are required to take.  In the spring, I will be teaching “Sport and Social Activism” for the African and African Diaspora Studies Program.  This class will be tied to intersectionality so that we can view the linkages between, say, the “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match and NFL players taking a knee to protest social inequality. Last year, I had the opportunity to build the “Introduction to Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies” course as well as create a course on “Black Feminisms.”

President’s Reception for First-Generation College Students

President Tuajuanda Jordan organized a reception for first-generation college students at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.  Its purpose was for students to get to know faculty members who were first-generation college students.  The event was a huge success for students and faculty!  Many faculty were surprised to find out that other faculty members had been first-generation college students.  I am greatly looking forward to the next reception.

NWSA Paper Accepted

My paper, “Intersectionality and Articulation: Epistemological Overlaps,” has been accepted for presentation at the National Women’s Studies Association annual conference to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, in November 2017.  I also received the First Nations / Indigenous Peoples General Conference Registration Grant from the NWSA to facilitate the cost of attending.

ASA Paper Accepted

My paper, “Charging the Net: A Generational Model of Social Activism in Women’s Professional Tennis,” has been accepted for presentation at the American Sociological Association annual conference to be held in Montreal, Canada, in August 2017.

Joined the Editorial Board at Fashion, Style & Popular Culture

I have joined the Editorial Board at Fashion, Style & Popular Culture! I am very excited about this opportunity to be at the heart of discussions about fashion! I am especially looking forward to encouraging more authors to submit articles on cultural analyses of athletic sportswear, and expanding this area of scholarship.

Here is the description of the journal from the website:

Fashion, Style & Popular Culture is a peer-reviewed journal specifically dedicated to the area of fashion scholarship and its interfacings with popular culture. It was established to provide an interdisciplinary environment for fashion academics and practitioners to publish innovative scholarship in all aspects of fashion and popular culture relating to design, textiles, production, promotion, consumption and appearance-related products and services. Articles related to history, manufacturing, aesthetics, sourcing, marketing, branding, merchandising, retailing, technology, psychological/sociological aspects of dress, style, body image, and cultural identities, as well as purchasing, shopping, and the ways and means consumers construct identity as associated to Fashion, Style & Popular Culture are welcomed.

Teaching in Spring 2017

I will be teaching two courses for the Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program at St. Mary’s College of Maryland in the spring: Introduction to Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, which I created the syllabus for and taught this fall (2016), and Black Feminisms, a course that I will be creating from the ground up.  I am very excited to be teaching these courses!

Visiting Assistant Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland

I am excited to be a Visiting Assistant Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland for the 2016-2017 academic year.  In this position, I will teach Introduction to Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies for the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program while also continuing with writing and publishing my research.

Publication in Fashion, Style & Popular Culture

My article, “‘The Leaning Tower of Pizzazz’: Ted Tinling, Couturier for the Women’s Professional Tennis Revolution.”, has been published in Fashion, Style & Popular Culture — volume 3, issue 3 (the October 2016 issue), p. 295-312. This article has been available electronically since July, 2016.

Photographs from the article, including photographs of a few Tinling-created dresses, can be viewed on the Fashion, Style & Popular Culture‘s Facebook page.

Successful Dissertation Defense!

I passed my dissertation defense on Friday, April 15, 2016!  My dissertation research was an analysis of social activism in women’s professional tennis since the “open” era began in 1968.  The committee that approved this dissertation was comprised of: David Andrews (chair), Patricia Hill Collins (from sociology), Laurie Frederik (from performance studies), Nancy Spencer (from Bowling Green State University), Shannon Jette, and Jennifer Roberts.

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Fall 2015 Teaching Evaluation

Teaching evaluations are in for the course, “Women, Sport and Culture,” that I taught last fall.  I created the entire course and this was my second time teaching it.  My overall teaching evaluation score (3.59) was higher than the departmental averages (3.28) and the university averages (3.32) for faculty and lead instructors during the fall 2015 term.  Of note are the comments that students wrote.  I especially enjoyed reading that students felt comfortable in class discussing what could have been contentious topics.  It’s always important for me to set up the classroom from the start where, for the most part, students can say and ask anything.

Teaching Evaluation Fall 2015You can read the complete evaluation by clicking here.