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- United States
- MD Maryland
- University of Baltimore
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- Baltimore, structural racism, Public History, Baltimore 1968, Baltimore Uprising, education
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- About Me
As a resident of Baltimore City since 1994 and a professor at the University of Baltimore since 2004, my research and teaching has tried to answer the question, “How did we get here?” I was part of the steering committee for Baltimore ’68, an interdisciplinary project that explored the urban unrest that followed the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. You can see our website and the oral histories collected by my students here. In 2015, the Baltimore Uprising caused many to look back at the history of our city in an attempt to help us move forward. I created and have delivered a history of structural racism in Baltimore to dozens of civic groups including the Baltimore City Police Academy, AmericaCorps, Teach for America, Leadership Baltimore, Center for Urban Families, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Open Society Institute.
I graduated from Yale with a degree in American Studies and earned my Ph.D. from Boston University in American Studies. I serve on the boards of the Baltimore City Historical Society and the Southwest Baltimore Charter School. I am a commissioner for Baltimore’s Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation and served on the Special Commission to Review Baltimore’s Confederate Monuments. My two sons got their education in Baltimore City public schools and graduated from Baltimore City College High School.
- Recent Publications
Introduction to Public History: Interpreting the Past, Engaging Audiences (2017) — co-authored with Cherstin Lyon and Rebecca Shrum.
Baltimore ‘68: Riots and Rebirth in an American City (2011) — co-edited with Jessica Elfenbein and Thomas Hollowak
- Media Coverage
- Slate, CNN, Time Magazine, NPR, New York Times, Baltimore Sun
- Country Focus
- Expertise by Geography
- United States
- Expertise by Chronology
- 19th century, 20th century
- Expertise by Topic
- Local & Regional, Pedagogy, Public History, Race, Rebellion & Revolution, Urban History, Women