I am an American Studies PhD researching and teaching about racial inequality and racism in American metropolitan areas.

My work grows out of the intersections of urban and suburban history, “metropolitics” social science, and critical race theory, and seeks to develop historical knowledge of the recent past.

I’m driven by the convictions that present problems can’t be understood or solved without understanding their historical development and that, since 8 in 10 Americans today live in a metro area, the inequalities supported by political fragmentation are a key civil rights challenge for the 21st century.