Saturday, May 25, 2013

History Department
Armstrong Atlantic State University
11935 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31419
(912) 344-3349 / (912) 344-3451 (Fax)

Current Research
I am researching the influence of tourism and historic preservation on the development of Savannah, Charleston, and New Orleans.
Savannah History Bibliography Zotero Group

2008-present Assistant Professor of History, Armstrong Atlantic State University

2007-2008 Adjunct Instructor, History Department, Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus

2006-2007 Adjunct Instructor, History Department, Fairleigh Dickinson University


2007 Ph.D., American and New England Studies, Boston University; Dissertation: “Skid Row: Homelessness on the Bowery in the Twentieth Century”

1998 M.A., History of the Decorative Arts, Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture, New York City

1995 B.A., Art History and French Civilization, Scripps College, Claremont, CA

Homeless: Poverty and Place in Urban America. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013.

“New York Liberalism and the Fight against Homelessness,” in Making Sense of American Liberalism, edited by Jonathan Bell. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2012; 113-134.

“The Spatial Concentration of Homelessness on Skid Row,” in Cityscapes in History, edited by Katrina Gulliver and Helena Toth. Forthcoming from Ashgate Publishing.

“Pink Truck Ads: Second-Wave Feminism and Gendered Marketing,” Journal of Women’s History.  Vol. 22, no. 4. (Winter 2010): 137-161.

“The New Deal and New York City’s Homeless,” in New York at 400, edited by Mike Wallace and John Thorn, sponsored by the Museum of the City of New York, Running Press, division of the Perseus Books Group, 2009.

“From Fasting to Self-Acceptance: Body Image, Weight Loss and American Culture,” The Oprah Phenomenon, edited by Jennifer Harris and Elwood Watson, University Press of Kentucky, 2007; 101-124.

"Feminist Writings on Twentieth-Century Design History, 1970-1995: Furniture, Interiors, Fashion," Studies in the Decorative Arts, Fall-Winter 2000-2001, Vol. 8, No. 1: 8-21.

“`In A Man’s World,’ Women Industrial Designers,” co-authored with Eric Setliff, in Women Designers in the U.S.A., 1900-2000: Diversity and Difference, Bard Graduate Center and Yale University Press, 2000; 269-290.


“Creating the Modern Southern City: The Rhetoric of Preservation and Progress in 1960s Savannah,” 8th Savannah Symposium: Modernities Across Time and Space, Savannah College of Art and Design, February 2013.

“Selling the South in Savannah: Contemporary Tourist Images,” Southern American Studies Association Conference, Charleston, SC, February 2013.

“Marketing the Modern Southern City: Savannah in the 1960s,” Converse Conference on Southern Culture, Converse College, April 2012.

“Poverty and Place: The Spatial Concentration of Urban Homelessness in 20th-Century America,” Armstrong Faculty Lecture Series, March 2012.

“Using Material Culture Analysis to Enhance Student Learning in the College Classroom,” Popular Culture Association in the South, Savannah, October 2010.

"Regulating the Homeless on Skid Row," Cityscapes in History: Creating the Urban Experience, Center of Advanced Studies at Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany, July 2010.

“A Material Culture Analysis of Ouija Boards: Games or Ritual Objects?” Joint Meeting of the American Culture Association and the Popular Culture Association, St. Louis, MO, April 2010.

“Reading Savannah’s Cemeteries as Material Culture,” ACA/PCA, New Orleans, LA, April 2009.

“Occupation—Housewife: Women, Consumerism, and Gender Roles in Postwar America,” Price Tower Arts Center, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, June 2008.

“Excluded by Design: Contemporary Urban Homelessness in Los Angeles,” Joint Meeting of the American Culture Association and the Popular Culture Association, Boston, April 2007.

“Forgotten on Skid Row: Postwar Bowery Homelessness,” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, April 2006.

“Knitting for Survivors: Charitable Handicrafts and Hurricane Katrina,” Joint Meeting of the American Culture Association and the Popular Culture Association, Atlanta, April 2006.

“Oscar Lewis and the Material Culture of Poverty,” ACA/PCA, San Diego, April 2005.

“Razing the Bowery: New York City’s Slum Clearance Plan for Cooper Square,” Urban History Association Second Biennial Meeting, Milwaukee, October 2004.

“The Muni and the Mission: Homelessness on the Postwar Bowery,” CUNY Graduate Center Gotham Institute Postwar New York City History Seminar, April 2004.

“The Material Culture of Male Ambition in 1950s New York,” ACA/PCA, San Antonio, April 2004.

“The Automotive Industry Discovers and Defines the American Woman Consumer,” ACA/PCA, New Orleans, April 2003.

“Queer Visions: Picturing Gay Liberation, 1969-1971,” Gotham Public History Conference, CUNY Graduate Center, October 2001.

“If You Find a Better Car, Buy It!: Lee Iacocca’s Advertisements for Chrysler Corporation,” ACA/PCA, April 2001.

“The Motormaniacs: Early Motoring and the Birth of the New York Auto Show, 1900-1915,” ACA/PCA, April 2000.

“Shifting Interpretations of Gender in the Work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald,” National Feminist Graduate Student Association Conference, Austin, March 1999.

Book Reviews and Encyclopedia Entries

Review of Elizabeth S. D. Engelhardt, A Mess of Greens: Southern Gender and Southern Food, Agricultural History, vol. 86, no. 1 (Winter 2013): 124-125.

Review of Daniel R. Kerr, Derelict Paradise: Homelessness and Urban Development in Cleveland, Ohio, Socialist History Journal, forthcoming.

“The Grapes of Wrath,” “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town,” and “Sullivan’s Travels,” in Movies and American Culture, edited by Philip DiMare, ABC-CLIO, 2011.

“Homelessness,” in the Encyclopedia of African-American History, 1896 to the Present: From the Age of Segregation to the Twenty-first Century, edited by Paul Finkelman, Oxford University Press, 2008.

“Salvation Army,” and “Flophouses,” in the Encyclopedia of American Urban History, edited by David Goldfield, Sage Publications, 2006.

“Recognition, Redistribution, Rhetoric,” review of Leonard C. Feldman, Citizens Without Shelter: Homelessness, Democracy, and Political Exclusion, H-Urban, June 2005.

Courses Taught at Armstrong

HIST 7580. Graduate Seminar in American History
HIST 5770. American Material Culture
HIST 5575. Topics in Urban History
HIST 3920. Modern American Popular Culture
HIST 3800. Introduction to Public History
HIST 3780. Political Parties and Political Culture in Twentieth-Century America
HIST 3760. U.S. History 1877-1917
HIST 3740. Women in American History
HIST 1100. Political History of the United States and Georgia
HIST 1100H. Political History of the United States and Georgia Honors
AASU 1100. The University Experience

University-Level Service
Facilitator, Faculty Reading Roundtable, Doing Diversity, 2012-2013

Member, Search Committee for Diversity Officer (administrative position that will report to University President), 2012-2013

Member, Homelessness Task Force, CHOICE Grant Committee, Savannah Public Housing Authority, 2013-present

Member, University Strategic Planning and Resources Committee (SPARC) I and II, 2010-2013

Faculty Advisor, Armstrong Gay-Straight Alliance, 2009-present

Member, University Advisement Council, 2012-present

Principal Investigator, “Armstrong LGBTQ Diversity Initiative,” SPARC Grant ($5,000 + $2,500 Student Affairs matching funds), 2011-2012

Member, Faculty Reading Roundtable, Multiculturalism on Campus: Theory, Models, and Practices for Understanding Diversity and Creating Inclusion, 2011-2012

Member, University Research and Scholarship Committee, 2010-2011

University Representative, Technical Advisory Committee to the Historic Site and Monument Commission, Chatham County-Savannah Metro Planning Commission, 2009-present

Member, Faculty Lecture Series Committee, 2009-2010

College-Level Service
History Department Representative to the College of Liberal Arts Strategic Planning Committee, 2011-2013

Member, Gender and Women’s Studies Program Committee, 2008-present

Departmental-Level Service
Chair, Search Committee for Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Women’s History, 2012-2013

Member, History Department Graduate Committee, 2008-present

Member, History Department Strategic Planning Committee, 2010

Faculty Co-Advisor, Armstrong Phi Alpha Theta, 2010-present

Faculty Advisor, AASU History Club, 2008-2009

Consulting with K-12 Educators
Presenter, “Childhood Poverty in Modern America,” Armstrong College of Education Week  of the Young Child Conference, March 2013.

Lead Historian, Teaching American History travel course on American history for area K-12 teachers through the Massie Heritage Center. Itinerary: Williamsburg and Monticello in 2011, Boston in 2012, and Washington, D.C. and New York in 2013.

Consultant, Center for Civic Education, Massie Heritage Center, Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools (May 2010); led workshop for elementary school teachers on U. S. government.

Consultant, Northwest History Consortium Teaching American History Grant (February 2010); assisted in setting the theme, readings and leading discussions for one week during online ten-week course delivering content and pedagogy to high school Teacher-Leaders.

Presentation to students: “Women and the Power of the Ballot,” City of Savannah Teen Leadership Summit, October 2008.

Professional Experience

Co-edited with Pat Kirkham, special issue of Studies in the Decorative Arts (Fall-Winter 2000-2001, Vol. 8, No. 1), focusing on American women designers

Research Assistant to Prof. Bruce Schulman, Boston University (2002-2004)

Adjunct Instructor, Click On @ The Library computer instruction program, New York Public Library (2002)

Research Assistant to Prof. Pat Kirkham, Bard Graduate Center (1998-2000)

College of Liberal Arts Undergraduate Research Grant, Armstrong Atlantic, 2010

Faculty Research and Scholarship Grant, Armstrong Atlantic, 2009

Boston University Graduate Student Organization Travel Award, 2006

Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Award, New York State Archives, 2005

Angela J. and James J. Rallis Memorial Award, Boston University Humanities Foundation, 2004

Boston University Presidential University Graduate Fellowship, 2000-2004

Graduate Fellowship, Bard Graduate Center, 1995-1997

Alumni Award, Phi Beta Kappa of Southern California, 1995

James E. Scripps Scholarship, Scripps College, 1991-1995

Professional Affiliations

Editorial Board, Journal of American Culture, 2004-present

Material Culture Area Chair, American Culture Association/Popular Culture Association, National Conference, 2004-2010

Urban History Association
Organization of American Historians