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I research and write on MEDIA of the late 19th, early 20th centuries, chiefly MAGAZINES, and what their readers did with them. My prizewinning book on the SCRAPBOOKS they made from their reading offers unexpected views of scrapbooks, particularly scrapbooks made by African Americans, suffragists, and men. I have written and spoken extensively on the FREDOOM WOMEN found in BICYCLING in the 1890s, and why it matters now. I’m currently working on projects on WHITE SUPREMACIST stories about SLAVE SHIPS. I am also researching the TRIANGLE FACTORY FIRE and IMMIGRATION in the early 20th century.
My PhD is from the University of Pennsylvania, and my MA is from the University of Massachusetts. For 8 years I co-edited the journal Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy
Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance. Oxford UP. 2013
The Adman in the Parlor: Magazines and the Gendering of Consumer Culture Oxford UP. 1996
–Interviewed for and consulted on CBS Sunday Morning, “Scrapbooking: Opening a page on the past” May 14, 2017, http://www.cbsnews.com/news/scrapbooking-opening-a-page-on-the-past/
–“Scrapbooking Parallels Modern Social Media,” with Helen Barrington, New England Public Radio, WFCR, 21 Dec. 2012. http://www.nepr.net/news/scrapbooking-parallels-modern-social-media-0
— “Writing with Scissors,” American Antiquarian Society. Broadcast on The American History show on C-Span. May 2013.
“The Story from 1931 We Still Need to Hear on Juneteenth,” Social Commentary, CNN, 19 June, 2018. https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/19/opinions/juneteenth-zora-neale-hurston-barracoon-and-white-supremacy-myths-garvey-opinion/index.html
“Scrapbooking the Civil War,” New York Times Disunion blog: 13 Nov. 2012
“All Immigrants Lie” The Forward. https://forward.com/scribe/406287/all-immigrants-lie/?attribution=author-article-listing-1-headline. On lies our ancestors told to get into the US.
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2018 “All Immigrants Lie” The Forward. https://forward.com/scribe/406287/all-immigrants-lie/?attribution=author-article-listing-1-headline, July 23.
2018 “The Story from 1931 We Still Need to Hear on Juneteenth,” Social Commentary, CNN, 19 June, 2018. https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/19/opinions/juneteenth-zora-neale-hurston-barracoon-and-white-supremacy-myths-garvey-opinion/index.html
2016 “Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson’s Suffrage Work: The View from Her Scrapbook” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, 33: 2; 310-335.
2015 “Back Number Budd: An African American Pioneer in the Old Newspaper and Information Management Business,” Capitalism by Gaslight: Illuminating the Economy of Nineteenth Century America. Brian Luskey and Wendy Woloson, eds. (U Pennsylvania P)
2013 “ ‘facts and FACTS’: Abolitionists’ Database Innovations,” “Raw Data” Is an Oxymoron, Lisa Gitelman, ed. (MIT P)
2013 “How Susan B. Anthony Used Scrapbooks to Talk Back to the Media,” Slate Vault, 26 August.
2013 “Strategic Scrapbooks: Hidden Histories of the Early Women’s Movement,” Vitamin W. blog. 26 August.
2013 “Writing Black History with Scissors: Scrapbook Makers Like William Henry Dorsey Offer a Unique Look at African Americans’ Past,” The Root. 4 May. Reprinted in Social Science Docket, New York and New Jersey State Councils for the Social Studies.
2013 “Learning to ‘Lean In’ from Our Nineteenth-Century Ancestors,” History News Network (HNN): 25 March.
2012 “Scrapbooking the Civil War,” New York Times Disunion blog: 13 Nov.
2009 “Ambivalent Advertising: Books, Prestige, and the Circulation of Publicity,” Print in Motion: The Expansion of Print and Reading in the United States 1880-1940, v.4 of A History of the Book in America, Janice Radway and Carl Kaestle, eds. (U North Carolina P) 170-189.
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- Interviewed for and consulted on CBS Sunday Morning, “Scrapbooking: Opening a page on the past” May 14, 2017, http://www.cbsnews.com/news/scrapbooking-opening-a-page-on-the-past/ "Impertinent Questions," interview, Humanities: The Magazine of the Nati
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- 19th century
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- American Civil War, Book History, Emancipation, Gender, Libraries & Archives, Material Culture, Pedagogy, Race