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Northeastern Illinois University
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history of genealogy, African Americans, white supremacy, Mormonism, Native Americans, women, gender hierarchies
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About Me

I earned my Ph.D. in U.S. history from Columbia University in 1998.  Since then I have taught history for more than twenty years, first at the University of North Texas and then at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.  I turned my dissertation on the Daughters of the American Revolution into the book Women and Patriotism in Jim Crow America (University of North Carolina Press, 2005).  Since then I have published shorter pieces toward my second big project, on genealogists and the persistence of social hierarchies in U.S. history.  My book manuscript, “Nation of Descendants: The Politics of Americans’ Genealogy Practices,” is currently under review.

Recent Publications

“’My Furthest-Back Person’: Roots and the History of Black Genealogy.”  In Reconsidering Roots: ­Race, Politics, and Memory, edited by Erica L. Ball and Kellie Carter Jackson, 63-79.  Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2017.

“A Noble Pursuit?: The Embourgeoisement of Genealogy, and Genealogy’s Making of the Bourgeoisie.”  In The American Bourgeoisie: Distinction and Identity in the Nineteenth Century, edited by Sven Beckert and Julia Rosenbaum, 135-52.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

“Lineage as Capital: Genealogy in Antebellum New England.”  New England Quarterly 83, no. 1 (June 2010): 250-282.

My numerous book reviews include these recent ones:

Big Sister: Feminism, Conservatism, and Conspiracy in the Heartland, by Erin M. Kempker (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2018).  Journal of American History 106, no. 3 (December 2019): 835.

The Women: A Family Story, by Kerry William Bate (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2016).  Mormon Studies Review 6 (2019): 158-62.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Family, Gender, Libraries & Archives, Public History, Race, Religion, Sexuality, Women