Ph.D., Brandeis University (2004)
M.A., Brandeis University (1999)
B.A., Northwestern University (1998)
Drawing on social, cultural, intellectual, and political history, I teach about the African American experience from the slave trade to the present. I offer courses in Black Studies, African American history, Urban History, and Education. Students in my seminar “Slavery and the American Imagination” explore historical and literary depictions of the “peculiar institution” to uncover connections between America's racial past and its racial present. I also offer a seminar that looks at the relationship between race and educational opportunity from the early ninteeth-century to the present day. This course emphasizes how race has influenced access to education, and how America has attempted to dismantle the educational inequalities created under slavery and Jim Crow. I enjoy teaching about an array of historical and contemporary educational issues including choice, residential segregation, and the relationship between geography and educational opportunity. I also teach the "Purpose and Politics of Education," which serves to introduce students to Education Studies.
"From Open Enrollment to Controlled Choice: How Public School Choice Assignment Replaced the Neighborhood School in Cambridge, Massachusetts," History of Education Quarterly vol. 59, no. 3 (August 2019): 313-350.
"Assessing the Impact of the Inner Belt: MIT, Highways, and the Housing Market in Cambridge, Massachusetts," with Yinan Zhang and Andy Anderson, Journal of Urban History vol. 40, no. 6 (November 2014): 1079-1098.
"Race and Schooling in Early Republican Philadelphia," in The Great Contest: The Founding Fathers, Education, and the American Philosophical Society, ed. Benjamin Justice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), 103-118.
Schooling Citizens: The African American Struggle for Education in Antebellum America (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009).
"The Tarring and Feathering of Thomas Paul Smith: Common Schools, Revolutionary Memory, and the Crisis of Citizenship in Antebellum Boston," New England Quarterly, vol. 80, no. 2 (June 2007), 218-241.
“Education's Inequity: Opposition to Black Higher Education in Antebellum Connecticut,” History of Education Quarterly, vol. 46, no. 1 (Spring 2006), 16-35.
Faculty Research Award (FRAP) large grant for "There Goes the Neighborhood School: A Comparative and Transnational History of Zoning and Choice in Late 20th century New Zealand and the United States," 2019
Outstanding Reviewer Award, History of Education Quarterly, 2014
Essayist in volume selected for the Critics' Choice Book Award, American Educational Studies Association (AESA), 2014
Outstanding Book Award for Schooling Citizens: The African American Struggle for Education in Antebellum America (Chicago, 2009), History of Education Society, 2010
Max and Etta Lazerowitz Lecture, Amherst College, 2009
Ray Ginger Memorial Lecture, Brandeis University, 2008
Amherst College Trustee Faculty Fellowship, 2007-2008
Claude A. Eggersten Prize, Best Dissertation, History of Education Society, 2005
Dissertation Year Fellowship (Brandeis University), 2003-2004
Spencer Graduate Fellowship in Education (The Spencer Foundation and Brandeis University), 2002-2003
Associate Fellowship, The Gilder Lehrman Institute for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (Yale University), 2001-2002
University Prize Instructorship (Brandeis University), 2001-2002
Rose and Irving Crown Fellowship (Brandeis University), 1998-2002
B.A., summa cum laude, Northwestern University
Editorial Board, History of Education Quarterly (2010-2012)
See also: Research Interests