I am an American Studies PhD with strong qualitative research, analytical, writing, and presentation skills developed as a published author, book reviewer, and university teacher. I have specialized subject expertise in urban and metropolitan studies, politics, and race in American society, and seek to connect academic research to policy analysis and advocacy for urban and racial justice issues. I’m driven by two core beliefs: Present problems can’t be understood or solved without understanding their historical development and, 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.