I am an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and History at the University of South Alabama. I also serve as senior historical and research advisor for Monument Lab. At South Alabama I teach courses on interdisciplinary social thought and methodologies, work and organizational studies, the politics of sports, and work with students on a wide variety of thesis projects across the disciplines.
My research focuses broadly on the history of U.S. political economy, labor, cities, and political culture. I am especially interested in the contingent sources of a variety of social inequalites and the historical contexts in which they have been meaningfully countered. I also have a substantial public history and engaged social research practice centered broadly on the interrelationship between the wide dissemination of complex historical narratives, constituency building, and practical implementation.
Prior to my arrival at South Alabama I spent eight years as a faculty member in History and American Studies at the University of Sydney where I served terms as Academic Director of the US Studies Center and Director of Graduate Studies in the History Department. I remain an honorary affiliate in the Discipline of History at Sydney.
My research has been honored with long-term fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Camargo Foundation, and IGK-Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History (re:work). I've been Professeur Invité at Paris-Nanterre University (Paris X) and taught at Tulane University, the University of Chicago, and Indiana University Northwest. I received my Ph.D in History and M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and B.A. in History and Women's Studies from Tulane University.
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