Associate Professor of History
Wentworth Institute of Technology
550 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA  02115


2007 Ph.D., American and New England Studies, Boston University

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
Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude; Junior Year Abroad in Paris

Peer-Reviewed Publications


Homeless: Poverty and Place in Urban America. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013. Reviewed in The American Historical Review, Journal of American History, Reviews in American History, and Journal of Urban Affairs.


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

“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.

Essays in Edited Collections

“Poverty in the American City,” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, edited by Timothy Gilfoyle, 2018.

“Redlining Georgia,” in Beyond the Agrarians and Erskine Caldwell: The South in 1930s America, edited by Karen Cox and Sarah Gardner, Louisiana University Press, 2018.

“The Spatial Concentration of Homelessness on Skid Row,” in Cityscapes in History: Creating the Urban Experience, edited by Katrina Gulliver and Helena Toth. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2014; 137-151.

“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 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.

“`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.

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

Book Reviews and Encyclopedia Entries

Invited critical review essay for the Journal of Urban History considering the state of the field: Jurgen von Mahs, Down and Out in Los Angeles and Berlin: The Sociospatial Exclusion of Homeless People (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2015); Philip Webb, Homeless Lives in American Cities: Interrogating Myth and Locating Community (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014); and Thomas Main, Homelessness in New York City: Policymaking from Koch to De Blasio, (NY: NYU Press, 2016). (accepted; forthcoming)

Review of Craig Willse, The Value of Homelessness: Managing Surplus Life in the United States (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015), Journal of American History, vol. 103, issue 4, March 2017, pp. 1060-1061.

Review of Lynnell L. Thomas, Desire & Disaster in New Orleans: Tourism, Race, and Historical Memory (Duke, 2014), Journal of Southern History, vol. 82, no. 1 (February 2016).

Review of American Tourism: Constructing a National Tradition, edited by J. Mark Souther and Nicholas Dagen Bloom, The Journal of American Culture, vol. 37, issue 2 (June 2014): 215-216.

Review of Ralph da Costa Nunez and Ethan G. Sribnick, The Poor Among Us: A History of Family Poverty and Homelessness in New York City, Urban Studies, vol. 51, no. 6 (May 2014): 1339-1341.

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 (2012).

“The Grapes of Wrath,” “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town,” and “Sullivan’s Travels,” in Movies in American History: An Encyclopedia, 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.


“Segregated by Design: Historic Preservation and the Politics of Race and Class in 20th-century Charleston and Savannah,” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Atlanta, April 2014.

“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.

“Homelessness in American Culture,” invited presentation, House and Home in American Culture, American Conversation Series 2010-2011, American and New England Studies Program, Boston University, March 2011.

“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.

Professional Experience

Associate Professor of History, Wentworth Institute of Technology, 2016-present

Associate Professor of History, Armstrong State University, 2014-2016

Assistant Professor of History, Armstrong Atlantic State University, 2008-2014

Part-time Instructor of History, C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University, 2007-2008

Part-time Instructor of History, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 2006-2007

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

Part-time Instructor of Computer Skills, Click On @ The Library, New York Public Library, 2002

Full-time Research Assistant to Prof. Pat Kirkham on American Women Designers exhibition, Bard Graduate Center, 1998-2000

Courses Taught at Wentworth

Boston History
Urban Renewal in Boston and New York (Media Culture and Communications Studio)
U.S. History to 1877
U.S. History since 1865

Courses Taught at Armstrong

HIST 7580. Graduate Seminar in American History: Savannah and Comparative Southern Urban History
HIST 5890. Topics in Public History: Introduction to Digital History
HIST 5770. American Material Culture
HIST 5575. Topics in Urban History: Tourism and American Cities
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 2112. U.S. History Since 1865
HIST 1100. Political History of the United States and Georgia
HIST 1100H. Political History of the United States and Georgia Honors
FYSL 1000. The University Experience

University-Level Service at Armstrong

  • Member, University Diversity Council (Presidential Committee), 2013-present
  • History Department Representative, Graduate Affairs Committee, 2014-present
  • Facilitator, Faculty Reading Roundtable, Doing Diversity in Higher Education: Faculty Leaders Share Challenges and Strategies, 2012-2013
  • Member, Search Committee for Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (administrative position reporting to University President), 2012-2013
  • Member, Search Committee for Associate Provost for Student Engagement and Success (administrative position reporting to Provost), 2013
  • University Representative, Homelessness Task Force, CHOICE Grant Committee, Savannah Public Housing Authority, 2013
  • 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, 2012-2013
  • 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, 2009-2013
  • Member, Faculty Lecture Series Committee, 2009-2010
  • Participant/Team Leader, Treasure Savannah Day of Service, 2010-2013
    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, 2008-2012

Departmental-Level Service at Armstrong

  • Coordinator, Graduate Program and Chair, History Department Graduate Committee, 2014-present
  • Member, Second-Year Faculty Retention Committee, 2014
  • Member, Faculty Summer Research Funding ad hoc Committee, 2013
  • Chair, Search Committee for Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Women’s History, 2012-2013
  • Member, History Department Graduate Committee, 2008-2014
  • Member, History Department Strategic Planning Committee, 2010
  • Faculty Co-Advisor and Membership Coordinator, Armstrong Phi Alpha Theta, 2010-2014
  • Consulting with K-12 Educators and Community Presentations
  • Lecture, “Homelessness in New York’s Bowery,” The Learning Center of Senior Citizens, Inc., Savannah, August 2013.
  • 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

Armstrong Awards, Grants, and Funded Student Research Assistants

  • Armstrong Graduate Research position funded through Complete College Georgia, 2014-2015 to work on Savannah history and digital history; Brittany Speller
  • Armstrong College of Liberal Arts Summer Grant to prepare Spring 2015 course, Introduction to Digital History, 2014
  • Armstrong Undergraduate Research position funded through Complete College Georgia, 2012-2014, to work on Savannah history and digital history; Marleigh Harris and Brittany Speller
  • Armstrong College of Liberal Arts Summer Research Grant toward completing research on historic preservation in Savannah and Charleston for presentation at OAH conference, 2013
  • H. Dean Propst Award from Armstrong Student Government Association (for outstanding work in teaching and learning, advisement, counseling, and the encouragement and support of student involvement in academic and co-curricular activities), 2012
  • Armstrong Teaching & Learning Grant toward equipment costs for use on Savannah history website, December 2012
  • Armstrong College of Liberal Arts Summer Undergraduate Research Grant toward beginning Savannah history website in collaboration with Lane Library, 2012; Isabelle Foust
  • Armstrong College of Liberal Arts Summer Research Grant toward completing revisions on book manuscript, Armstrong, 2011
  • Armstrong College of Liberal Arts Undergraduate Research Grant toward compiling Savannah history bibliography, Armstrong, 2010
  • Armstrong University Faculty Research and Scholarship Grant toward revising book manuscript, 2009

Other Awards, Grants, Fellowships, and Externally Funded Professional Development

  • Scholarship Recipient, Digital Humanities Summer Institute, 2015 (2-week workshop in GIS for Humanists and Project Development with Ruby on Rails at University of Victoria; tuition waived)
  • Participant, NEH Summer Institute, Doing Digital History, 2014 (2-week workshop at Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University; all expenses paid)
  • 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, BU Humanities Foundation, 2004
  • BU 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 (tuition, room/board), Scripps College, 1991-1995

Professional Development

  • Participant, THATCamp Workshop, Organization of American Historians, Atlanta, 2014
  • Completed Armstrong eLearning Faculty Status course, 2014
  • Completed Quality Matters “Design Your Own Course” course, 2014

Professional Affiliations

  • Editorial Board, Journal of American Culture, 2004-present
  • Chair, Graduate Student Project Award and Graduate Student Travel Award Committee, National Council on Public History, 2015-present
  • Committee Member, Graduate Student Project Award and Graduate Student Travel Award Committee, National Council on Public History, 2014-2015
  • Material Culture Area Chair, American Culture Association/Popular Culture Association, National Conference, 2004-2010
  • Member, Organization of American Historians
  • Member, Southern American Studies Association