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Ph.D. 2010. Boston University. Department of History.

M.A.  2005. Boston University. Department of History.

B.A.  2001. Vanderbilt University. Major in History. Major in Anthropology (with Honors).

Current and Recent Appointments

Associate Professor of History, Department of Economics, Political Science, and History. Fitchburg State University.

Visiting Residential Fellow, University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (2018-2019)

Selected Publications


Manuscript in development: Live from the Underground: College Radio and the Culture Wars. Under contract with University of North Carolina Press.

Dollars for Dixie: Business and the Transformation of Conservatism in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge Studies on the American South) (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017).


“‘Specialty’ Listening: The Opportunities and Limits of Feminist and Gay College Radio Programming in the Long 1980s” in Feminist and Queer Activism in Britain and the United States in the Long 1980s (submitted and accepted for collection, volume pending peer review).

“Rise of the Sunbelt,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, https://oxfordre.com/americanhistory, under contract, forthcoming 2020.

“Worlds Collide: The Boston Marathon Bombing, Historical Thinking, and Empathy” in The American Historian, published by the Organization of American Historians, No. 12: May 2017.

“Selling the Right: Republican Rhetoric and the Shaping of Party and Nation,” Review Essay in American Studies Journal, Kansas University Press, Vol. 52, Issue 2, 2013

“Gun Cotton: Southern Industry, International Trade, and the Rise of the Republican Party in the 1950s” in Painting Dixie Red: When, Where, Why, and How the South Became Republican (New Perspectives on the History of the South), ed. Glenn Feldman, University of Florida Press, 2011.

Book reviews published in: The Journal of American History, Enterprise & Society, The Journal of Southern History, Journal of American Ethnic History, History (U.K.), Tennessee Historical Quarterly, The Southern Historian

Courses Taught

United States II: 1877–present 

U. S. Economic History

Introduction to American Studies: The 1980s

America Meets the Modern: 1920–1945 

Nazism and American Culture

America in the Nuclear Age, 1945–1968 

America Since 1968

Media and American Politics

The American Presidency

Historical Methods

Honors Seminar in History

Senior Seminar in History

Hip Hop History and Culture

Research Interests

  • Historian of the business and politics of culture in the United States
  • U.S. Political and Cultural History: 20th century conservatism, southern politics, popular music, media and culture, identity and politics
  • U.S. Economic History: business history, economic development and policy, the Sunbelt
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