Chair and Professor
U.S. History/African-American History
Office: Robinson Hall 211
B.S., Cornell University (Industrial and Labor Relations), 1991; M.A., University of California at Berkeley (History), 1993; Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, 1999 (History)
History Through Hollywood
You Are What You Eat
Race and Nationality in American Life,
U.S. History from Colonization to 1877,
African American History to 1865,
African American History 1865 - Present,
Colonial America; History of Sports in America
Current research projects:
"The Other Side of Reconstruction: Black Northerners Confront the Aftermath of Southern Emancipation."
Joe Louis: Sports and Race in Twentieth Century America. Routledge. Forthcoming.
Before Harlem: The Black Experience in New York City Before World War I. University of Pennsylvania Press (October 2006).
- "Behind the Brown Mask: Joe Louis's Face and the Construction of Racial Mythologies," in ConFiguring America: Iconic Figures, Visuality, and the American Identity, Michael Fuchs, ed. Forthcoming.
- "Rand Paul and the Danger of Careless Rhetoric About Civil Rights." Christian Science Monitor 5/26/2010.
- Entry for "Harlem Property Owners Association," in The Encyclopedia of African American History. Facts on File, 2010.
- Entries for "The Emancipation Monument" and "Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men" in The Essential Lincoln: A Political Encyclopedia. Congressional Quarterly Press, forthcoming.
- Entries for "Harlem," "The New York Age," and "The New Negro," in The Encyclopedia of African American History. Oxford University Press, 2009.
- "Recreating Black New York at Century's End," in Slavery in New York, Ira Berlin and Leslie Harris, ed. The New Press, 2005: 325-349; book published in conjunction with 2005 exhibit at the New-York Historical Society.
- "'To Show Who Was in Charge': Police Repression of New York City's Black Population at the Turn of the Twentieth Century," Journal of Urban History. Vol. 31, No. 6 (September 2005): 799-819.
- "'To Be a Man and Not a Lackey:' Black Men, Work, and the Construction of Manhood in Gilded Age New York City," American Studies. Vol. 45, No. 1 (Summer 2004): 39-63.
- "We Rise and Fall Together: Separatism and the Demand for Equality by Albany's Black Citizens, 1827-1860." Afro-Americans in New York Life and History. Vol. 20, no. 2 (July 1996), pp. 7-33.
African American History, U.S. Social and Cultural History.
- Residency Research Fellow, Institute for Historical Studies, University of Michigan (2006-2007)
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship ($40,000; 2006-2007)
- Seminar Participant, "Slavery and Public History," sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and the Gilder Lehrman Institute (Columbia University, August 8-11, 2004)
- Faculty Diversity Award, Albion College, 2003 (sponsored by the President's Advisory Committee on Multicultural Affairs)
- Faculty Development Grants, Albion College, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
- History and Culture Fellow, Albion College, 2000-2001
- Emerson Grant, Hamilton College, 1998
- New Jersey Historical Commission Research Grant, 1995-1996
- Eugene Irving McCormac Graduate Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, 1995-1996
- New York State Library Research Resident, 1995
- Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, University of California, 1995