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.
- Carlton C. Qualey Memorial Article Award for the Immigration and Ethnic History Society (April 2017).
- “19th-Century Chinese Immigration,” Lectures in History, C-SPAN3, https://www.c-span.org/video/?424369-1/19th-century-chinese-immigration (premiered in April 2017).
- “Sites of Circulation: American Theaters in the Late Nineteenth Century,” chair/commentator,Organization of American Historians Annual Conference, April 2017.
- Discovery Alexandria: The 20th Century (commentator), WETA (Washington’s PBS affiliate) (premiered in December 2016).
- “Committee on American Studies Departments, Programs, and Centers II: Centering the ‘Home’of American Studies in the Undergraduate Classroom,” roundtable panelist, American Studies Association, November 2016.
- “From Arlandria to Chirilagua: The Remaking of a Northern Virginia Neighborhood, 1960s-1980s,” Southern Historical Association, October 2016.
- “Making Arlandria Home: The Changing Face(s) of an Alexandria, Neighborhood, 1960s-1980s,” Alexandria Historical Society, September 2016.
- First Days Project. http://www.firstdaysproject.org, (the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA)), in Journal of American History 103, no. 2 (September 2016): 554-555.
- “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).
- Japan-United States Friendship Commission (JUSFC) Award for ASA-JAAS (2016-2017).
- Christopher Reynolds Foundation Grant (2016-2017).
- “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.
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