Cheryl Montgomery

Cheryl L. Montgomery

Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D., Planning, Governance, and Globalization, Virginia Tech, In progress
  • MCRP, City and Regional Planning, Morgan State University, 2012
  • B.Arch., Architecture, Hampton University, 2007


Cheryl Montgomery has spent close to 10 years working in higher education. During this time, she has instructed a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in Urban Planning, Higher Education, and Africana Studies programs. As an educator, Cheryl is committed to mentoring students through teaching and research training that celebrates scholars’ unique learning styles. Addressing issues of race, place, and power, Cheryl’s research examines southern black women’s practices of community; documenting the ways these women take up and transform physical and virtual spaces. By employing, critical theories, affirming epistemologies, and qualitative research methods she demonstrates the fluid and historical relationship between race and space; uncovering an active archive to imagine community otherwise. Prior to entering academia, Cheryl worked in the Architecture field designing multifamily housing and historic preservation projects. As an Urban Planning professional, she worked for the Maryland Department of Planning in the State Data Center, providing GIS support on property map products. In addition, she has also worked on projects pertaining to recreational tourism, homelessness, and microenterprises in the green building industry. Outside the classroom, you can find Cheryl watching women’s college and professional basketball, practicing in water aerobics, and giving back to her communities through various forms of civic engagement.

Research Interests

  • Black women and practices of community
  • The intersections of race, place, and power in southern black communities
  • Black food geographies


  • CSIJ 200: Race and Racism in the US
  • AFAM 111: Intro to Africana Studies