- B.A. 1987, (magna cum laude), Psychology/German, Michigan State University.
- M.A. 1990, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley.
- Ph.D. 1997, sociology, University of California, Berkeley.
- Other: 1985-86, Exchange Program, Albert-Ludwig University, Freiburg, Germany.
Teaching Specializations: Education; Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism; Cultural Studies; Qualitative Research Methods.
- Museu Nacional- UFRJ (Brazil) summer 1997.
- Fulbright IIE (Brazil) 1995.
- Special Jury Award, American Psychological Association, 1993 (awarded to film Just Black?).
- Honorable Mention, American Film and Video Festival, 1992 (awarded to film Just Black?).
- Special Jury Award, National Education Film and video Festival, 1992 (awarded to film Just Black?).
- SSRC Internationalo Predissertation Fellowship (Brazil), 1991.
- National Science Foundation Fellowship, 1989.
- Contesting White Supremacy: The Rise of Posttraditional Indians in Brazil. Rutgers University Press (forthcoming).
- "The Burden of Not Being Black: A Comparative Analysis of the Educational Performance of Afro-Brazilian and African American Students," Estudos Afro-Asiaticos, vol. 32 (forthcoming).
- "White Americans, the New Minority? Non-Blacks and the Ever Expanding Boundaries of Whiteness," The Journal of Black Studies, 28, No. 2 (1997): 200-218.
- "Depopulation in the Southeast after 1492," in Disease and Demography, Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press (1992): 187-196.
- "American Indian Population Recovery following Smallpox Epidemics," American Anthropologist, 93, No. 1 (1991): 28-45.
- Just Black? Multiracial Identity in the US. NY: Filmaker's Library (1991), video.