Research, Writing and Real Life . . . Stakes is High
I like to think. I like to write. And I like to do things that are the product of my thinking and writing.
My home discipline is psychology, with an emphasis on identity and personality theory. I am associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Morehouse College and I run a Lab that looks at identity through life stories and an asset-based lens.
Plainly, I look at the best parts of how people adapt to a variety of contexts. I have special interest in popular culture because of its capacity to inform perception and behaviors.
My background in traditional journalism informs my research psychologist orientation. It is naturally fit to my emphasis on learning from lived experiences, particularly from those whose identities are frequently left unexamined. These life stories ground my identity theory development in strengths. And this approach guides my commentary and popular spins on race, culture, politics, education and most everything in between.
I like to mash it all up and to draw connections in ways that are novel, perhaps provocative, and that extend beyond rhetoric.
I draw hard lines around visibility and humanity, representing for those of us who are often pushed to the margins by default.
In addition to social critique and commentary across media outlets, I am working on a second book, The Buddy Narrative, as follow-up to Balance: Advancing Identity Theory by Engaging the Black Male Adolescent.
I love the work. It can explain a healthy 'us' and can be of such great consequence.
To crib De La Soul, I am crucially aware that “Stakes is High.”