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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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