Curriculum Vitae

Recent Work

I am a professor in History and the director of American Studies at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  My teaching and research focus on several topics in American history, including popular culture, consumerism, the American West, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, immigration, and foodways.

Recent Work:

  • Japanese American Relocation in World War II: A Reconsideration (Cambridge University Press) in Journal of Southern History (forthcoming).The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America (Harvard University Press) in History: Reviews of New Books (forthcoming).
  • “Immigration Restrictions and International Education: Early Tensions in the Pacific Northwest, 1890s-1910s,” History of Education Quarterly 58, no. 2 (2018): 1-34.
  • “Scottish White Ethnic Revivalism and Usable Pasts in Alexandria, Virginia,” IEHS Blog, October 13, 2018;
  • Chinatown Opera Theater in North America (University of Illinois Press) in Theatre Survey 59, no 1 (January 2018): 115-117.
  • African American Maritime Heritage Trail, Office of Historic Alexandria, 2018-Present.
  • “Kim Loo Sisters,” with Leslie Li (documentarian), Talk Story (1882 Foundation/OCA-DC/Chinese American Citizens Alliance), October 2017.
  • Historic Alexandria Resources Commission, Office of Historic Alexandria, 2017-2018.
  • Fort Ward Historic Park and Museum Interpretive Committee, Office of Historic Alexandria, 2016-Present.
  • Carlton C. Qualey Memorial Article Award for the Immigration and Ethnic History Society (April 2017).
  • 19th-Century Chinese Immigration,” Lectures in History, C-SPAN3, (premiered in April 2017).
  • “Sites of Circulation: American Theaters in the Late Nineteenth Century,” chair/commentator, Organization of American Historians Annual Conference, April 2017.


Fall 2018 Courses: 

AMST 303: American Sexualities

HIST 305: History of the American West