University of Iowa, Iowa City, began as assistant professor, became associate professor of English.
Fellow of Commonwealth Center for Literary and Cultural Change and Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies.
Black Hunger: Food and the Politics of U.S. Identity, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 1999, published as Black Hunger: Soul Food and America, University of Minnesota Press (Minneapolis, MN), 2004.
Contributor to books, including Eating Culture, edited by Brian Seitz and Ron Scapp, State University of New York Press (Albany, NY), 1998; African American Foodways: History and Culture, edited by Anne L. Bower, University of Illinois Press (Urbana, IL), 2007; Kitchen Culture in America: Representations of Food, Gender, and Race, edited by Sherrie Inness, University of Pennsylvania Press (Philadelphia, PA), 2000; Recovering the Black Female Body: Self-Representations by African American Women, edited by Michael Bennett and Vanessa D. Dickerson, Rutgers University Press (New Brunswick, NJ), 2001; and Skin Deep, Spirit Strong: The Black Female Body in American Culture, edited by Kimberly Wallace-Sanders, University of Michigan Press (Ann Arbor), 2002. Contributor to periodicals, including Discourse, Iris, Meridians, Science Fiction Studies, and Gastronomica.