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First Name
Last Name
University of South Carolina
Website URL
Cultural History, Civil Rights, Jewish History, Performance Studies/Music Gender and Sexuality, Public History, 20th Century America,
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Personal Info

About Me

I have been a professional historian for two decades. My expertise is in how American cultural institutions and the mass media shape racial, religious, and gender identities. I am a native of Philadelphia, and have been at the University of South Carolina since 2005.

Recent Publications

I am the author of two books, Black Culture and the New Deal: The Quest for Civil Rights in the Roosevelt Era (UNC, 2009), and Red Hot Mama: The Life of Sophie Tucker (UTP, 2018). I have authored many pieces in trade media (, L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune), as well as academic journals.

Media Coverage
I speak regularly on radio programs and have appeared on C-Span twice.
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Museums, Public History, Race, Sexuality, Religion, Women