Assistant Professor & John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Chair in the History of American Politics, Institutions, and Political Economy
I research the history of housing segregation in the nineteenth and twentieth century. My first book, entitled How the Suburbs Were Segregated: Developers and the Business of Exclusionary Housing, 1890-1960, is currently under contract with Columbia University Press for its Columbia Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism series. It charts how suburban developers, including Baltimore’s Roland Park Company, ushered in modern housing segregation with the help of transnational financiers, real estate institutions, and public policymakers. The effects of their efforts continue to be felt today. Portions of my research have been published in the Journal of Urban History and Public Seminar. My work has also been featured in The Atlantic’s CityLab and Time.
I am also interested in the connections between the rise of Jim Crow and colonialism and slavery worldwide. I recently completed a digital project that maps the British investors who financed one of the first segregated suburbs in the United States. In keeping with this turn toward global urban history, my next project will focus on the interactions between American realtors and Latin American consumers in the mid-twentieth century.
My teaching interests include U.S. history, transnational history, cities, business, and politics. Regardless of the specific topic, I alert students to the historical dimension of processes they might take to be natural.
In addition to conducting research and teaching, I have been invited to lead tours and give talks on urban history.
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
M.A., Johns Hopkins University
B.A., New York University
- How the Suburbs Were Segregated: The Business of Exclusionary Housing, 1890-1960. (New York: Columbia University Press. April, 2020).
- “The Connections Between Urban Investment and Colonialism.” Black Perspectives. Nov. 27, 2017.
- “Who Bankrolled Jim Crow?” Public Seminar. Sept. 22, 2015.
- “Exclusion in Arcadia: How Suburban Developers Circulated Ideas about Discrimination, 1890-1950.” The Journal of Urban History, vol. 41 no. 3, 2015 pp 479-49.
- UW-Madison Center for the Humanities First Book Award
- Austin Kerr Prize for Best First Paper Presented at the Business History Conference
- Maryland Historical Society Lord Baltimore Fellowship
- Johns Hopkins University Dean’s Teaching Fellowship
- History 102 – U.S. History since the Civil War – Syllabus 2019 (pdf)
- History 200 – Capitalism and America – Syllabus 2019 (pdf)
- History 201 – Digital History and the American City – Syllabus 2018 (pdf)
- History 221 – Business and Politics in American History – Syllabus 2018 (pdf)
- History 901 – The History of U.S. Political Economy since 1985 – Syllabus 2019 (pdf)