Curriculum Vitae

Recent Work

I am an associate 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:

Review of First Days Project at, (the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA)), in Journal of American History (forthcoming—September 2016).

“Making Alexandria Scottish: Ethnic Heritage in Post-World War II Northern Virginia,” Journal of American Ethnic History 35, no. 4 (Summer 2016): 59-92.

Review of Encountering Ellis Island: How European Immigrants Entered America (Johns Hopkins University Press), in The Historian 78, no. 2 (Summer 2016): 315-316.

“The Making of the Modern Visa: American Immigration Policies, Legal Entry, and the Body Politic, 1880s-1940s,” panelist, Japanese Association for American Studies Annual Meeting, June 2016.

“Making Assessment Work for You,” co-written with Jeffrey McClurken, Journal of American History, 102, no 1. (March 2016): 1123-1131.

“The African American Housing Crisis in Alexandria, Virginia, 1930s-1960s,” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 124, no. 1 (2016): 28-68.

“Committee on Departments, Centers, and Programs: American Studies on a Shoestring… When you are the Shoestring,” panelist, American Studies Association, October 2015.

“Freedom and Property Ownership in Alexandria,” Presentation, 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act and the Civil Rights Movement, September 2015.

Review of Serial Fu Manchu: The Chinese Supervillain and the Spread of Yellow Peril Ideology, Ruth Mayer, (Temple University Press), in Pacific Historical Review 84 (May 2015): 271-272.

“Immigrant Alexandria: Northern Virginia’s Immigration History and Bringing it into the Classroom,” Virginia Humanities Conference, April 2015.

“Immigrant Alexandria: Website Construction and Collaboration with Students,” Presentation, Digital Scholarship Colloquium, March 2015.

“Chinese Americans in Vaudeville, 1880s-1920s,” Presentation, Talk Story (1882 Foundation/OCA DC/Chinese American Citizens Alliance), March 2015.

“Foreign Students and the U.S. Immigration Bureau, 1880s-1910s,” Presentation, Social Sciences Research Colloquium, University of Mary Washington, March 2015.



Fall 2016 Courses: 

AMST 303: American Sexualities

HIST 449: Immigrant Alexandria

One thought on “Recent Work

  1. 7-18-13
    Ms. Moon:
    I am the granddaughter of Leon Alarcon of the Chung Hwa Comedy Four. I never knew my grandfather or his family. Consequently I am tracking down whatever information I can find on him. I am travelling at present and will be back home in California after 7-30. I plan to avail myself of your books etc. but if you have access to photographs and information about my grandfather not in your published works, I would be interested to know the sources.

    Elaine Alarcon

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