My research centers on the history of race, ethnicity, and urban identity in post-WWII American cities, and has been guided by questions of identity creation, community cohesion, and historical memory. My first book, Making Good Neighbors: Civil Rights, Liberalism, and Integration in Postwar Philadelphia, examines the creation of intentionally integrated neighborhoods in the latter half of the twentieth century.
I completed my J.D. and Ph.D. in U.S. history at Temple University in Philadelphia. I am a barred attorney in the state of Pennsylvania, a fellow at the Kean Center for History, Politics, and Policy, and a regular contributor to Constitution Daily, the official blog of the National Constitution Center.
I am currently directing Staring out to Sea: The Story of Superstorm Sandy in Three Bayshore Communities, an oral history project documenting the impact and aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in three neighborhoods along the Sandy Hook Bay.
PhD in U.S. History - Temple University
JD - Temple University Beasley School of Law
AB in Sociology – Bryn Mawr College (magna cum laude)
Civil Society in America
Worlds of History
US History, post-1877
Advanced Oral History Methods
History and Memory
History of the Black American, Pre-1900
20th Century Black History
Modern Civil Rights Movements
American Law and Liberty
The Emergence of Law in Society
Primary area of expertise:
Oral History, Urban History, African American History, 20th
Advice for students preparing for your class:
My classes tend to be quite interactive; students will be expected to participate actively in discussion-centered learning and immersive role-playing experiences. I do not give exams, but my classes are writing-intensive.