Cleveland Hall, Room 307
Office phone: 540-568-6063
58 Bluestone Drive
MSC 2001
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Professor of history

PAC Chair


Ph.D., Northwestern University

Fields and specialties

American labor history, African American history

Teaching areas

Labor history, African American history, Southern history, and research methods

Selected publications

A Working People: A History of African American Workers since Emancipation (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013)

“The Great Migration and the Literary Imagination.” Journal of the Historical Society 9, no. 1 (March 2009).

“The Great War, Black Workers, and the Rise and Fall of the NAACP in the South,” in The Black Worker: Race, Labor, and Civil Rights since Emancipation ed. Eric Arnesen. University of Illinois Press, 2007.

Encyclopedia of the Great Black Migration, ed. Greenwood Press, 2006.

“Soldiers of Democracy: Black Texans and the Fight for Citizenship, 1917-1921,” Journal of American History 82, no. 4 (1996) Winner of the Louis Pelzer Memorial Award


Chair, Department of History Personnel Advisory Committee

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