I am a proud alum of the University of California Davis. I received my A.B in Sociology in 1994 with “Highest Honors” and a “Departmental Citation.” I earned my Ph.D., also in Sociology, from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1999. I began teaching at UC Davis in 1998 while still a graduate student working on my doctoral dissertation. In 2000 I became a member of the faculty in the African American & African Studies Program, and I was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in 2005.
Over the years I have taught a variety of courses on the UC Davis campus and at Sacramento City College. In 2003 I was honored to be nominated and to be the recipient of one of the First Annual ASUCD Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching awards.
Since becoming part of the UC Davis faculty in 2000, I have served the campus community in a number of administrative capacities, including serving as the Faculty Director of the Mentorships for Undergraduate Research in Agriculture, Letters and Sciences (MURALS) Program from 2000 to 2011, the Chair of African American and African Studies, and Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs in Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies, our division of the College of Letters & Science.
As a ardent practitioner of “life-long learning,” I recently decided to pursue a long-held passion for technology and design by studying at the Art Institute of California—Sacramento. In December, 2013 I earned a Diploma in Web Design and Interactive Communication. I developed and maintain this website myself, including writing all the content and shooting the photograph on the front page. In my “free” time I do freelance Graphic and Web Design work and continue to improve upon my design and also my photography skills.
You may view my design work at milmonDesign.com–a WordPress website featuring a theme I designed and created myself, as well as examples of other web design and development work I have done. You can also see examples of my photography practice on Flickr and on Tumblr (milmonTumbl, milmon365, and milmon52). It is very important to me to be able to “speak all my languages” in my work, and I try to incorporate a sense of artistry in all that I do.
Thanks again for your interest in who I am and what I do!