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First Name
Last Name
University of South Carolina
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Popular Culture, Capitalism, Business, Circus, Minstrel Show, Entertainment, Media Studies, Gilded Age, 19th Century, 20th Century
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About Me

Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of South Carolina. My work combines the history of the entertainment industry with the history of Gilded Age business and capitalism. My current book project is a study of the traveling amusement industry at the turn of the twentieth century including circuses, minstrel shows, and Wild West shows and emphasizes how the owners and managers of these shows established business practices that were integral to the rise of the modern commercial entertainment industry in the United States. I aim to highlight the business side of show business.

Recent Publications

Scholarly Publications:

“The ‘Amusement Economist:’ J.H. Haverly and the Modernization of the American Minstrel Show.” The Journal of American Culture 41 no. 3 (September 2018): 297-309.


“The Historical Reality Behind the Psychics and Swindlers in ‘Nightmare Alley,” The Washington Post, March 27, 2022,

“Joe Exotic Channels the Spirit of America’s 19th Century Tiger Kings,” The Conversation, November 18, 2021,

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Economic History