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Rochester Institute of Technology
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U.S. History Since 1945, women's and gender history, social movements, politics, New York City, HIV/AIDS, oral history, public history, digital humanities
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About Me

I am Associate Professor of History at Rochester Institute of Technology, where I am also a faculty affiliate in the Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, Museum Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies Programs. My book, Mobilizing New York: AIDS, Antipoverty, and Feminist Activism, examines the history and legacy of three path-breaking social movements in New York City from the 1950s through the 1990s. I conducted more than fifty oral history interviews while researching this book; I also draw on organizational and personal archives, newspapers, films, posters, and photographs to bring these stories of activism to life.

My research interests include modern U.S. history, women’s and gender history, politics, public history, and digital humanities. At RIT, I teach courses in U.S. History Since 1945; U.S. Women’s and Gender History; The History of the Family in the U.S.; Oral History; Ethics in the Digital Age; and Research Methods. I train undergraduate students to conduct oral history and archival research for digital and public history projects, including TransRochester Speaks, winner of the 2016 Joan Nestle Prize for best undergraduate work from the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender History, and Monroe County Family Farms, which received a New York State Humanities Council Director’s grant.

I grew up in Andover, Massachusetts and studied history and journalism at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I received my PhD in history at the University of Michigan and was Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in U.S. History at Cornell University before joining the faculty at RIT.

Recent Publications

Co-edited with Christine Kray and Hinda Mandell, Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Historical Reflections on the 2016 Presidential Election, forthcoming in October 2018 in the Gender and Race in American History series of the University of Rochester Press.

Mobilizing New York: AIDS, Antipoverty and Feminist Activism. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, April 2015. Part of the Gender and American Culture Series.

Co-curator with Meg Handler, Mike Kamber, and Joshua Meltzer, “Whose Streets? Our Streets!:” New York City, 1980-2000, Bronx Documentary Center, New York, January 14 – March 5, 2017, companion multimedia website:   An expanded version of the exhibit will be on view at RIT from October 11-November 2, 2018 and is available to travel.

“Intersectionality and Identity Politics: Multiracial and Cross-Gender Coalitions of Feminist Activists,” in Sherie M. Randolph, ed., “African-American Women’s History and the Metalanguage of Race: Twenty-five Years Later: A Roundtable,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 42: 3 (Spring 2017), pp. 600-607.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Museums, Politics, Public History, Sexuality, Urban History, Women