Department Chair and Associate Professor
Phone: (740) 593-9306
Fax: (740) 593-0671
Office: 31 S. Court Street, Suite 127
Ph.D. in History from Carnegie Mellon University
M.S. in History and Social Policy from Carnegie Mellon University
B.A. in History and Spanish from the University of California at Davis
Research and TeachingAs a labor historian I study workers, their communities and their political institutions. My current research focuses on the history of industrial workers of African descent. My book manuscript, Arsenal of Liberation is a study of the African American experience in 20th-century California. By focusing on changes in the shipbuilding industry in northern California and the growing African American community, I am able to trace the challenges and limitations of liberal coalitions, technological innovation and federal policy.
Arsenal of Liberation: African American Workers and Shipbuilding in the San Francisco Bay Area (book manuscript)
African American History: Volume I (2012) and II (in press) University Readers.
"Garveyism Looks Toward the Pacific," Perspectives journal online (www.BlackPast.org)
The Encyclopedia of American Populism ABC-CLIO. Entries: Western Alliances and the Colored Farmers' Alliance
The Encyclopedia of African American History Facts On File. Entries: The Double V Campaign and the March on Washington Movement
Book review: James Pritchard, A Bridge of Ships: Canadian Shipbuilding duringthe Second World War (Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2011), in Labour/Le Travail (forthcoming issue)
Women in American History: An Encyclopedia. Hasia Diner (ed.). Entry: Black women's clubs
Sociology of Work: An Encyclopedia. SAGE Publication. Entrie: Military; Unskilled work
"Separate and Unsanitary: African American Women Car Cleaners and the Women's Service Section, 1918-1920," Journal of Women's History 23:2 (Summer 2011)
"Linking Up the Golden Gate: Garveyism in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1915-1925," Journal of Black Studies (November 2008).
Book review: Peter La Chapelle, Proud to Be an Okie: Cultural Politics, Country Music, and Migration to Southern California (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007), in Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas 5:2 (Summer 2008), 144-146
Encyclopedia of the Homefront: World I and II published by ABC-CLIO (2006) Contributor of eight entries involving the African American experience.
Selected Grants Awards
Special 1804 Library Endowment - Ohio University, 2007.Arts and Humanities Junior Faculty Endowment - Ohio University, 2007.Goldman Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching 2004. Carnegie Mellon University.Carnegie Scholar, 1996-2000. Carnegie Mellon University.
Selected University Service
Co-chair, MLK Celebration Committee, 2013
Member, University Curriculum Council
Member, Advisory Board for Global Studies Program
Member, Black Alumni Reunion Advisory Committee
AAS 1060 Introduction to African American Studies
AAS 1010 African American History I
AAS 2020 African American History II
AAS 2200 Introduction to Black Political Economy
AAS 2250 History of the Black Worker
AAS 3680 African American Political Thought
AAS 369E The Black Press in North America