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First Name
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University of Leeds
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Black cultural history, Black Theatre history, Women's history, feminist archives, Black cultural archives, Harlem Renaissance, United States history, Federal Theatre Project, New Deal
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About Me

I am a prize-winning historian of the twentieth century United States with broad interdisciplinary interests in cultural and political histories and specializations in African American history, Gender history and histories of the African Diaspora. I have been teaching and researching Black cultural history for twenty years and have published widely on Black Theatre, the Harlem Renaissance, Black Feminism and the history of archives.

I am Professor of American History at the University of Leeds where I teach African American, Black British and Women’s History.

Recent Publications

Radical Black Theatre in the New Deal (University of North Carolina Press, 2020)

“Writing to Stay in History: Women, Politics and New Deal Archives,” Journal of American Studies Vol. 52:1 (, 2018): 1-25.

“Black Women and Work: A’Lelia Walker and the Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company,” in Major Problems in U.S. Women’s History 5th edition (2014).

“Staging the Garveyite Home: Black Masculinity, Failure and Redemption in Theodore Ward’s Big White Fog”. African American Review. 43(4), pp. 557-576

Bridging Race Divides: Black Nationalism, Feminism, and Integration in the United States, 1896-1935 (University of Florida Press, 2008)


Media Coverage
BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour on women running for the U.S Presidency BBC Radio 4 Great Lives programme on Shirley Chisholm; The New Deal: A Story for our Times https://www.b
Country Focus
U.S. and U.K
Expertise by Geography
United Kingdom, United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Race, Women