I am an Associate Professor and a certified archivist at Texas A&M University. My previous employment included 12 years as senior archivist at The Amistad Research Center at Tulane University in New Orleans and two years as Assistant Librarian at the University of Arizona’s Special Collections in Tucson, Arizona. My expertise includes building collections and scholarly resources for the study of the African Diaspora, Women & Gender Studies, Race & Ethnic Studies, and Arabic Language and Culture. I have taught courses on the use of primary sources in research, presented at numerous venues, and published in science fiction, library, archival, and other peer-reviewed journals.
I published an article titled “Uncovering Black Feminist Writers 1963-1990: An Evaluation of Their Coverage in Research Tools” in Reference and User Services Quarterly, Vol. 48, #3, 2009, that was including a review of 12 major digital databases. My most recent publication is a chapter for the 2 volume series Muslims and American Popular Culture by Iraj Omidvar and Anne R. Richards published by ABC-CLIO’s Praeger Imprint. The chapter is in volume , Part 5: Fantasy, Comics, and Digital Culture titled “The Influence of Muslims and Islam in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Comics.” My chapter includes an extensive bibliography including a section on Muslims in Science Fiction and Fantasy Film, Television, and the Internet.
In 2012 I was awarded an Archival Fellowship at the American Center for Oriental Research In Amman Jordan to supervise and develop a plan to digitize their varied manuscript and photographic collections of archaeological and excavation projects.
In 2000 I supervised an Institute of Museum and Library Services funded digital project for the Amistad Research Center.
I am a contributing writer to the Islam and Science Fiction digital project created by a scholar out the University of Minnesota.
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