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University of Edinburgh
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US South, student activism, civil rights, US history, free speech, campus studies, 1960s
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About Me

I am the Career Development Fellow in Contemporary History at the University of Edinburgh.  I am a historian of race and power in the twentieth century United States, with specialization of the civil rights movement and student activism.  My PhD dissertation evaluated student radicalism in Tennessee after World War II, and passed without corrections at the University of Cambridge in October 2017.  It makes significant contributions to the fields of twentieth century radicalism and social movements.  One of the few examinations of southern student activism, my PhD demands that historians reconsider the trajectory of 1960s student protest.  My second project, a national study of free speech debates on American university campuses from the 1960s to the present, has already received research funding from two major grants at the University of South Carolina and the 2018 British Association for American Studies (BAAS) Early Career Short-Term Travel Award.  I also hold an MPhil in Historical Studies from Cambridge and an honours undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina in History and Southern Studies.

Recent Publications

‘Chicago Seven’ in Mitchell K. Hall (ed.), Opposition to War: An Encyclopedia of United States Peace and Antiwar Movements (Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2018), pp. 130-131.

Book review, Anne Stefani, Unlikely Dissenters: White Southern Women in the Fight for Racial Justice, 1920-1970 (Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2015), in History: The Journal of the Historical Association 103, issue 354 (January 2018), pp. 186-187. DOI: 1111/1468-229X.12557

‘Reimagining American Myths: The Southern White New Left’, commissioned article for S. Studies Online, the postgraduate and early career researcher blog and website for the British Association of American Studies (BAAS), published March 2018.

‘Behind the Gates: An Interracial Perspective of Black and White Youth Memories of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 1950s-1970s’, The Proceedings of the South Carolina Historical Association, 2013, pp. 67-75.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Higher Ed, Local & Regional, Politics, Race, Rebellion & Revolution