Associate Professor

of American History and the College

Faculty Affiliate, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture

PhD 1998 Yale University

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.


Participates in Q&A with The University of Chicago Magazine