About Me

For many years I spent my days preparing and presenting cases to juries throughout the New York City area. I then boldly decided to shift my career away from litigation. I wanted commit to living in ways that were more reconciling and less adversarial. Shifting focus afforded me the opportunity to appear as a speaker and panelist at universities around the world, including the University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, University of Cape Town, and Humboldt University. I speak to audiences of current and future leaders primarily about the ethics of violence today.

I have written for War and Religion: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict, and have forthcoming essays in the publications Reconciliation, Forgiveness and Violence in Africa, The Pan-African Pantheon, and “Alternation: Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of Arts and Humanities in Southern Africa,” among others.

Though I was born and raised on Long Island, New York, I now count several places as home. My lives and loves are spread across New York, Durham, NC, and Cape Town, South Africa. I am single, with no children (and try to indulge my love of travel while this is still the case). When I am not at my desk or at a conference or meeting somewhere in the world, you can find me walking or cycling whichever neighborhood I happen to be in, cooking up a new recipe in my kitchen, or curled up on the sofa with a good book and a hot cup of tea (with lemon and honey).

My educational journey is ongoing. As I teach and train, I hope, also, to always be learning. I completed my bachelor’s degree in African American Studies at Smith College, and immediately pursued a Juris Doctor at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating from law school and practicing law for over 10 years, I returned to school to study theology. I earned a Master of Divinity, with an ethics concentration, from Duke Divinity School. Currently, I am working towards a PhD at Stellenbosch University, and researching issues related to peace and violence in the Christian faith.


• Bachelor of Arts, Smith College

• Juris Doctor, Univ. of Pennsylvania

• Master of Divinity, Duke University

​• PhD Candidate, Stellenbosch University