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 Publicaions


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.


“From DH to CS+X: Challenges of Institution-Specific Curriculum Development,” for Interdisciplinary Digital Engagement in Arts & Humanities (Forthcoming 2021).

“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 and Chapters

“From the Margins: Poverty and Homelessness,” for Alternative Planning History, edited by Dorina Pojani (Routledge) (Forthcoming 2021).

“Slavery Markers in the Big Easy: Historic Interventions in the Tourist Landscape of New Orleans,” in Public Memory, Race and Heritage Tourism of Early America, eds. Cathy Rex and Shevaun Watson. Routledge/Taylor & Francis (Forthcoming 2021).

Studying Urban Renewal Through Archival Sources,” in Teaching Undergraduates with Archives, eds. Nancy Bartlett, Elizabeth Gadelha and Cinda Nofziger. (Ann Arbor, Michigan: Maize Books, 2019), 71-93.

“The `Problem’ of Homelessness,” review essay for the Journal of Urban History (September 2019).

“Poverty in the American City,” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, edited by Timothy Gilfoyle, 2018; print 2019.

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

Review of Remaking New Orleans: Beyond Exceptionalism and Authenticity, edited by Thomas Jessen Adams and Matt Sakakeeny (Duke, 2019) for Journal of American Culture (September 2020).

Review of John Baranski, Housing the City by the Bay: Tenant Activism, Civil Rights, and Class Politics in San Francisco (Stanford, 2019) for American Historical Review (December 2020).

Review of Richard H. Sander, Yana A. Kucheva, and Jonathan M. Zasloff, Moving Toward Integration: The Past and Future of Fair Housing (Harvard, 2018) for Journal of American Culture, vol. 42, issue 3 (September 2019).

Review of Katherine J. Parkin, Women at the Wheel: A Century of Buying, Driving, and Fixing Cars (Pennsylvania, 2017) for the Business History Review, vol. 92, issue 4, December 2018, pp. 801-803.

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.


“Doing Digital Public History Among the Dead: Cedar Grove Cemetery’s Stone Lot,” New England Historical Association, October 2020.

“From DH to CS+X: Challenges of Institution-Specific Curriculum Development,” Digital Humanities Summer Institute Colloquium, University of Victoria, June 2020.

““Zones of Excess Mortality:” Homelessness and Poverty in 1970s New York City and Boston,” Society for American City and Regional Planning History Conference, November 2019.

“Community-Based Oral History with Undergraduates,” New England Historical Association, April 2019.

“Slavery Markers in the Big Easy: Historic Interventions in the Tourist Landscape of New Orleans,” New England Historical Association, October 2019.

 “Studying Urban Renewal through Archival Sources,” Teaching Undergraduates with Archives Conference, Bentley Library, University of Michigan, November 2018.

“The Violence of the Status Quo”: Kip Tiernan and the Founding of Rosie’s Place,” Social Science History Association, Montreal, November 2017.

“Boston: Then and Now,” Making it Digital, Northeastern University, October 2017.

“Doing Digital Public Local History with STEM Students,” (poster), Digital Pedagogy Institute, Brock University, August 2017.

“Building Primary Source Sets for Students and Teachers,” presented with Franky Abbott (Digital Public Library of America), Digital Commonwealth Conference, College of the Holy Cross, April 2017.

“Kip Tiernan’s Work in Service of Boston’s Homeless Women,” New England Historical Association meeting, April 2017.

“Measuring Segregation: Mapping Inequality in the American South,” European Association of Urban Historians conference, Helsinki, Finland, July 2016.

“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