Associate Professor of American History and the College

Faculty Affiliate, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture
Faculty Board Member, Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture
Senior Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, the College

PhD'98 Yale University

Mailing Address

The University of Chicago
Department of History
1126 E. 59th Street, Mailbox 102
Chicago, IL 60637

Social Science Research Building, room 204A – Office
(773) 702-3282 – Office telephone
(773) 702-7550 – Fax

Field Specialties

Modern US history; African American history; urban history; comparative racial politics; cultural economy


Selling the Race: Culture and Community in Black Chicago, 1940–1955. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Coeditor Charles Payne. Time Longer than Rope: Studies in African American Activism, 1850–1950. New York: New York University Press, 2003.


Begins research for the Official Oral History of the Obamas
—Writes op-ed on the 1919 Chicago race riots for The New York Times
—Quoted in Hyde Park Herald article  on the shooting of Tamir Rice
—Quoted in The Chicago Tribune article on 1919 Chicago race riots
—Participates in Q&A with the University of Chicago Magazine