B.A. University of Warwick, England
M.A. George Washington University, Washington D.C.
Ph.D. George Washington University, Washington D.C.
As Assistant Professor of US History, I specialize in the history of prejudice, politics, and popular culture in the modern United States, with a particular focus on the 1920s and New Deal era. My book, Ku Klux Kulture: America and the Klan in the 1920s (University of Chicago Press, 2017), argues that the self-proclaimed Invisible Empire was a formative influence on modern mass culture. My current research focuses on the political power of the Klan, particularly at the federal level. I am also the Assistant Editor of two volumes of Eleanor Roosevelt’s collected papers, and run the Eleanor Roosevelt account on Twitter – follow her @ERPapers!
History of the Civil Rights Movement; The Interwar US; US History, 1877-Present; American Conspiracism
The Jazz Age and the New Deal; Cold War America; race, religion, and prejudice in U.S. politics and popular culture
In the News:
- Review of Ku Klux Kulture
- Interview on WNYC on the media and white supremacy
- See a class from my American Conspiracism course on C-SPAN’s Lectures in History series
- The class was discussed in more detail on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Lessons from Left Field series
- “Ku Klux Kulture: America and the Klan in the 1920s” (University of Chicago Press, 2017)
- “Invisible Umpires: The Ku Klux Klan and Baseball in the 1920s.” NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture 23:1 (2014)
- “The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, Vol. 2 and Vol. 3” (University of Virginia Press)