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I am a historian of the modern U.S. and the director of the UNT Oral History Program. I teach the survey of U.S. history since the Civil War and undergraduate courses on various topics in late 19th and 20th century U.S. history, along with graduate courses on oral history theory and practice. I write mainly about the modern African American civil rights movement, and my current project looks at African American and Mexican American civil rights organizing in Texas. I am especially interested in social movements, grassroots approaches to social and political change, and historical memory.
Select Books and Book Chapters:
"Everybody Say Freedom: Using Oral History to Construct and Teach New Civil Rights Narratives," in Hasan Kwame Jeffries, ed., Understanding and Teaching the Civil Rights Movement. University of Wisconsin Press, 2019.
Ella Baker: Community Organizer of the Civil Rights Movement. Rowman & Littlefield, 2013.
"Focusing Our Eyes on the Prize: How Community Studies Are Reframing and Rewriting the History of the Civil Rights Movement," in Emilye Crosby, ed., Civil Rights History from the Ground Up: Local Struggles, a National Movement. University of Georgia Press, 2011
Freedom Flyers: The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II. Oxford University Press, 2010
Let the People Decide: Black Freedom and White Resistance Movements in Sunflower County, Mississippi, 1945-1986. University of North Carolina Press, 2004
Select Awards and Recent Accomplishment Highlights:
President, Oral History Association (2017-18)
Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians
Co-Director, The Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Project