Personal profile

Research Interests

Race Relations, African American, History of Sexuality

Professional Information

My research focuses on race, politics, and sexuality in modern America, and how struggles over social difference and belonging unfolded in cities and institutions.  I am also interested in the writing of biography and public history, particularly in how historians can address important social issues for audiences within and outside the university.


B.A. University of Wisconsin--Madison
M.A. Stanford University
Ph.D. Stanford University

Honors & Awards

The Binkley-Stephenson Award, Organization of American Historians, 2011
The Audre Lorde Prize, American Historical Association, 2011


Fulbright Senior Scholar, Erfurt Universitait, Germany, 2011
Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University, 2008
Schomburg Fellow, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NEH Library Award, 2005


Problems in African American History
Constructions of Race
Postwar America
The Seventies

Office Address

446G Greg Hall
810 S Wright
Urbana, IL 61801


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