Hi, my name is Ebony. I'm a cartoonist and an ethnographer (a fancy way to say I use specific techniques and tools to study people and cultures).

I was born and raised in Maryland. I hold a BA in Biological Anthropology from the University of Maryland College Park and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I wrote my dissertation as a comic (mostly). My expertise is in qualitative research and evaluation, picture-based methods, curriculum studies, and S.T.E.A.M. education. I am a 2017 Rona Jaffe Award recipient. I live in Denver, CO.

My first book Hot Comb will be published by Drawn & Quarterly in May 2019.


I regularly facilitate workshops about making comics. During my hands-on workshops, participants make their own comics and explore topics such as teaching, storytelling, individual and group creativity, professional practice, and comics making as a research method and analytic process. When facilitating workshops, I draw upon 15 years of experience as an educator and educational researcher. I began my career as a secondary science teacher in Chicago Public Schools, followed by additional teaching roles - with learners of all ages and stages of schooling - in Angola, Washington D.C., and at UW-Madison.

If your university or organization would like to know more about workshop opportunities, please contact me.

Recent workshops (selected)

  • Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (Summer, '18)
  • Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (April, '17)
  • Art Department, University of Madison-Wisconsin (April, '17)
  • Omega Institute for Holistic Studies (June, '16)
  • Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, University of Wisconsin-Madison ('13-'16)