Chair and Professor
U.S. History/African-American History
Office: Robinson Hall 211
- Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, 1999 (History)
- M.A., University of California at Berkeley (History),1993;
- B.S., Cornell University (Industrial and Labor Relations), 1991;
- History Through Hollywood
- You Are What You Eat: The Culture and Consumption of Food
- Harlem Renaissance
- Race and Sports in America
- 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