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I am professor of history and immediate past president of the faculty senate at Governors State University in Chicago's southland. I hold a PhD from the City University of New York and an MA from the University of Virginia.
My books, Constructing Affirmative Action: The Struggle for Equal Employment Opportunity (University Press of Kentucky, 2011) and A Terrible Thing to Waste: Arthur Fletcher and the Conundrum of the Black Republican (University Press of Kansas, 2019), have garnered positive reviews in the American Historical Review, the Journal of American History, and the Journal of Southern History, among others. Additionally, A Terrible Thing to Waste is the 2020-2021 Washburn University iRead (freshman common read) selection.
I have also published articles in California History, Critical Issues in Justice and Politics, The Claremont Journal of Religion, and the American Historical Association’s newsmagazine Perspectives on History.
I serve as editor of the Arthur Fletcher Papers, now at the Mabee Library at Washburn University. This 250,000-page collection of the personal and organizational documents of the father of affirmative action enforcement was digitized in 2014.
I have begun work on a history of the American rock band Journey. Although I have interviewed several of the band's current and former members and expect to speak with several more, I envision the project as something akin to an unauthorized biography.
I normally offer introductory courses in United States history, advanced history courses on political, civil rights, and labor history, public history, and historical methods. From time to time I have offered advanced courses in modern French history and modern Russian history.
I make more than a dozen public appearances each year, ranging from plenary talks to panel papers; have been an invited guest on talk radio; and have appeared on C-SPAN's American History TV.
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