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June 2016-Present


Interdisciplinary Studies Program, University of Texas at Arlington, August 2008-May 2016


James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, Emory University, 2012-2013


University of Southern California, Department of American Studies and Ethnicity (December 2008). Dissertation: Creating Cities and Citizens: Municipal Boundaries, Place Entrepreneurs, and The Production of Race in Los Angeles County, 1926-1978


Northwestern University (June, 1998), American Studies. ΦΒΚ, MCL


 “Race, Republicans, and Real Estate: The 1991 Fulton County Tax Revolt.” Journal of Urban History, Advance Online Publication 2015, doi:10.1177/0096144215598963

“Uniting Citizens After Citizens United: Cities, Democracy, and Neoliberalism.” American Studies 54 (1), 2015, 5-28.

“Metropolitan Secession and the Space of Color-Blind Racism in Atlanta”. Journal of Urban Affairs 37 (4), 2015, 436-461. doi:10.1111/juaf.12101.

“’These Communities Have the Most to Gain from Valley Cityhood’: Color-Blind Rhetoric of Urban Secession in Los Angeles, 1996-2002”. Journal of Urban History 40(1), January 2014, 48-64.

“’Public Benefits from Public Choice’?: Producing Decentralization in Los Angeles County, 1954-1973”. Journal of Urban History 39 (1), January 2013, 79-100.

“Holding the Center: Images of Urbanity on Television in Los Angeles, 1950-1970”. Southern California Quarterly 94(2), 2012, 230-255.

“The Metropolitan Problem in Interdisciplinary Perspective,” Case Studies in Interdisciplinary Research. Allen F. Repko, William H. Newell, and Rick Szostak (eds), Sage, 2012, 53-90.


Stone-Suderman Award (Best Article Published in American Studies), Mid-America American Studies Association, 2015, for “Uniting Citizens after Citizens United: Cities, Democracy, and Neoliberalism,” American Studies 54 (1), 2015, 5-28.

Visiting Scholar, James Weldon Johnson Institute, Emory University, 2012-2013

John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2006-2007

University of Southern California Urban Initiative Dissertation Fellowship, 2005


Suburban Secession and Color-Blind Racism in Fulton County evaluates the historical and contemporary racial politics of the movement to split several wealthy and white-majority suburbs from Fulton County in metro Atlanta. The study examines the historical production of racial inequality and of race-neutral political discourses used to justify it.


Race, Real Estate, and Republicanism: Metropolitics and the Fulton County Tax Revolt of the 1990s. October 10, 2014. Urban History Association, Philadelphia.

Rethinking Race and Regime: Political Space and Transition in 1970s Atlanta. March 20, 2014. Urban Affairs Association, San Antonio, TX.

Privatopia and Color-Blind Racial Politics in North Fulton County. June 28, 2013. Cultures of the Suburbs Symposium, Hofstra Univ., Hempstead, NY

Fulton and Milton: Voting Rights, Metropolitan Inequality, and the Political Spaces of “Color-Blind” Racism. October 26, 2012. Urban History Association, New York

Metropolitan Border War: Place, Scale, and Boundary Politics in the San Fernando Valley. January 8, 2012. American Historical Association, Chicago

Uniting Citizens After Citizens United: Cities, Neoliberalism, and Democracy. June 13, 2011. American Government as Urban Government: Summer Seminar on the City, Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA.

“Smart Growth” Strategies for United States Metropolitan History. October 22, 2010. Urban History Association, Las Vegas

“Public Benefits from Public Choice”? Place, Ideology, and Equity in Southern California. October 23, 2009. The Diverse Suburb, National Center for Suburban Studies, Hofstra Univ., Hempstead, NY


Kenneth T. Jackson Book Prize Committee, Urban History Association, 2014