Julian S. Rammelkamp Professor of History
U.S. History/African-American History
Office: Robinson Hall 211
- Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, (History), 1991
- M.A., University of California at Berkeley (History), 1993
- B.S., Cornell University (Industrial and Labor Relations), 1991
- U.S. History from Colonization to the Civil War
- African American History to the Civil War
- African American History 1865 - Present
- The Civil War and Reconstruction
- U.S. Immigration History
- Road to Revolution
Current research projects:
“'There is Nothing Like Having a Slave': White Union Soldiers’ Racial Fantasies during the U.S. Civil War"
"The Other Side of Reconstruction: Black Northerners Confront the Aftermath of Southern Emancipation."
Joe Louis: Sports and Race in Twentieth Century America. Routledge (April 2018).
Before Harlem: The Black Experience in New York City Before World War I. University of Pennsylvania Press (October 2006).
- “’They Are Truly Marvelous Cats’: The Importance of Companion Animals to U.S. Soldiers during the Civil War,” Journal of the Civil War Era (June 2021).
- “Promoting Inclusivity in Academia: A Case Study in Taking Underrepresented Students to the Archives in the United States,” in Faculty as Global Learners: Opportunities and Strategies to Support Off-Campus Study Leaders at Liberal Arts Colleges, Joan Gillespie et al., eds. (Lever Press, 2020; https://doi.org/10.3998/mpub.11923682). Featured guest on associated podcast, Postcard Pedagogy: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1106303/4648508
- “‘Skull Trouble’: A Brief History of Police Harassment of Black New Yorkers,” April 23, 2020. (blog post) https://www.gothamcenter.org/blog/skull-trouble-a-brief-history-of-police-harassment-of-black-new-yorkers
- “Speaking Through Silence? Whites’ Efforts to Make Meaning of Joe Louis,” in Cultures of Boxing, David Scott, ed. (Peter Lang, 2015).
- "Behind the Brown Mask: Joe Louis's Face and the Construction of Racial Mythologies," in ConFiguring America: Iconic Figures, Visuality, and the American Identity, Michael Fuchs, ed. Forthcoming.
- "Rand Paul and the Danger of Careless Rhetoric About Civil Rights." Christian Science Monitor 5/26/2010.
- Entry for "Harlem Property Owners Association," in The Encyclopedia of African American History. Facts on File, 2010.
- Entries for "The Emancipation Monument" and "Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men" in The Essential Lincoln: A Political Encyclopedia. Congressional Quarterly Press, forthcoming.
- Entries for "Harlem," "The New York Age," and "The New Negro," in The Encyclopedia of African American History. Oxford University Press, 2009.
- "Recreating Black New York at Century's End," in Slavery in New York, Ira Berlin and Leslie Harris, ed. The New Press, 2005: 325-349; book published in conjunction with 2005 exhibit at the New-York Historical Society.
African American History, U.S. Social and Cultural History.
- Residency Research Fellow, Institute for Historical Studies, University of Michigan (2006-2007)
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship ($40,000; 2006-2007)
- Seminar Participant, "Slavery and Public History," sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and the Gilder Lehrman Institute (Columbia University, August 8-11, 2004)
- Faculty Diversity Award, Albion College, 2003 (sponsored by the President's Advisory Committee on Multicultural Affairs)
- Faculty Development Grants, Albion College, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
- History and Culture Fellow, Albion College, 2000-2001
- Emerson Grant, Hamilton College, 1998
- New Jersey Historical Commission Research Grant, 1995-1996
- Eugene Irving McCormac Graduate Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, 1995-1996
- New York State Library Research Resident, 1995
- Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, University of California, 1995