Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
University of Baltimore
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Baltimore, structural racism, Public History, Baltimore 1968, Baltimore Uprising, education
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Personal Info

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