Curriculum Vitae

Current Position:

  • Director of American Studies and Professor, Department of History and American Studies, University of Mary Washington, Summer 2017-Present.

Previous Positions:

  • Director of American Studies and Assistant/Associate Professor, Department of History and American Studies, University of Mary Washington, Spring 2008-Spring 2017.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of History and American Studies, University of Mary Washington, Fall 2006-Spring 2010.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of History, Georgia State University, Fall 2002-Spring 2006.
  • Instructor, University of Maryland at Baltimore County, Spring 2002.
  • Instructor, Maryland Institute College of Art, Fall 2001-Spring 2002.
  • Dean’s Teaching Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, Spring 2001.
  • Instructor, Johns Hopkins University, Summer 2000.

Education:

  • Ph.D., History, Johns Hopkins University, 2002.
  • M.A., History, Johns Hopkins University, 1999.
  • B.A., American Studies, Pomona College, 1997.

Honors, Grants, and Awards:

  • Carlton C. Qualey Memorial Article Award (IEHS) 2017.
  • Christopher Reynolds Foundation Grant, 2016-2017.
  • Japan-United States Friendship Commission (JUSFC) Award for ASA-JAAS, Spring 2016.
  • COPLACuba, Consortium for Public Liberal Arts Colleges Award, Fall 2015.
  • Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Grant with the Office of Historic Alexandria, 2015.
  • CAS Dean’s Faculty Grant, Spring 2012.
  • UMW Alumni Association Outstanding Young Faculty Member Award, Spring 2011.
  • TIP Team-Teaching Innovation Program, Spring 2009.
  • TIP Travel Grant, Spring 2007.
  • Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, Georgia State University, 2006.
  • Kluge Center Fellowship, Library of Congress, 2005-2006.
  • Turrentine Jackson Article Prize, Pacific Historical Review, 2004.
  • Research Initiation Grant, Georgia State University, 2003-2004.
  • Dean’s Teaching Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, Spring 2001.
  • Newberry Library Short-Term Fellowship, Newberry Library, Fall 2000.
  • Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society, Fall 2000.
  • Mayers Fellowship, Huntington Library, Summer 2000.
  • Brien Key Research and Travel Grant, Johns Hopkins University, Spring 2000.
  • Joint Hagley-Winterthur Fellowship, Hagley Museum and Library, Spring 2000.
  • John Nicholas Brown Center Short-Term Award, Brown University, Spring 2000.
  • Frederick Jackson Turner Travel Grant, Johns Hopkins University, Fall 1999 and Spring 2001.
  • Smithsonian Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, National Museum of American History, Summer 1999.
  • History Department Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, 1997-1999.
  • William Lincoln Honnold Fellowship, Pomona College, 1997-1998.

Publications:

Current Project

  • Race and Place in Northern Virginia: Alexandria’s African American Community, Civil War tothe Present (development).
  • “On a Temporary Basis:” The Origin of the Modern Visa System, 1880s-1930s (development).

Book

  • Yellowface: Creating the Chinese in American Popular Music and Performance, 1850s-1920s (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2005). Multimedia edition, American Council of Learned Societies History E-book Project, 2006.

Articles and Chapters

  • “The Alexandria YWCA, Race, and Urban (and Ethnic) Revival: The Scottish Christmas Walk, 1960s-1970s,” Journal of American Ethnic History 35, no. 4 (Summer 2016): 59-92.
  • “The African American Housing Crisis in Alexandria, Virginia, 1930s-1960s,” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 124, no. 1 (2016): 28-68.
  • “‘On a Temporary Basis’: Immigration and the American Entertainment Industry, 1880s-1930s,” Journal of American History 99 (December 2012): 771-792.
  • The Quest for Music’s Origin at the St. Louis World’s Fair: Frances Densmore and the Racialization of Music,” American Music 28 (Summer 2010): 191-210.
  • “Paper Butterflies: Japanese Acrobats in Mid-Nineteenth-Century New England,” in Asian Americans in New England: Culture and Community, ed. Monica Chiu (Lebanon, N.H.: University Press of New England, 2009), 66-90.
  • “Lee Tung Foo and the Creation of a Chinese American Vaudevillian,” Journal of Asian American Studies, 8 (Feb. 2005): 23-48.
  • “‘There’s No Yellow in the Red, White, and Blue’: The Creation of Anti-Japanese Music during World War II,” Pacific Historical Review, 72 (Aug. 2003): 333-353.

Other Writings

  • “Making Assessment Work for You,” co-written with Jeffrey McClurken, Journal of American History, 102, no 1. (March 2016): 1123-1131.
  • “Lee Tung Foo,” in New Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition, ed. Paul Laird and William Everett (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
  • “The Creation of The Red Lantern: American Orientalism at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century,” The Red Lantern (DVD Release), Royal Belgian Film Archive (2012).
  • “Forgotten Manuscripts: A Trip to Coontown,” with David Krasner and Thomas L. Riis, African American Review 44 (Spring/Summer 2011): 7-24.
  • Abstract of “The Quest for Music’s Origin at the St. Louis World’s Fair,” RILM (Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale) (2010).
  • “The Gift of Bread Givers,” Journal of American Ethnic History 29 (Winter 2010): 74-78.
  • “Making Asian American Actors Visible: New Trends in Biography Writing,” Pacific Historical Review 76 (Nov. 2007): 615-622.
  • “A History of Asian Americans in Georgia,” Who’s Who in Asian American Communities in Georgia Gala Program, 29 April 2006.

Reviews

  • First Days Project. http://www.firstdaysproject.org, (the South Asian American Digital Archives (SAADA)), in Journal of American History 103, no. 2 (September 2016): 554-555.
  • Encountering Ellis Island: How European Immigrants Entered America (Johns Hopkins University Press), in The Historian 78, no. 2 (Summer 2016): 315-316.
  • American Orient: Imagining the East from the Colonial Era through the Twentieth Century, David Weir, (University of Massachusetts Press) in Pacific Historical Review 81 (November 2012): 668-669.
  • Airborne Dreams: “Nisei” Stewardesses and Pan American World Airways, Christine R. Yano, (Duke University Press), in Pacific Historical Review 81 (February 2012): 144-145.
  • Partly Colored: Asian Americans and Racial Anomaly in the Segregated South, Leslie Bow, (New York University Press), in Journal of Southern History 77 (November 2011): 1014-1015.
  • In Sight of America: Photography and the Development of U.S. Immigration Policy, Anna Pegler-Gordon, (University of California Press), in American Historical Review 115.5 (December 2010): 1484-1485.
  • A Shoemaker’s Story: Being Chiefly about French Canadian Immigrants, Enterprising Photographers, Rascal Yankees, and Chinese Cobblers in a Nineteenth-Century Factory Town, Anthony W. Lee, (Princeton University Press), in American Historical Review 113 (December 2008): 1559-1560.
  • The Imperialist Imaginary: Visions of Asia and the Pacific in American Culture, John R. Eperjesi, (Dartmouth College Press), in Pacific Historical Review 75 (May 2006): 331-332.
  • The Chinatown Trunk Mystery: Murder, Miscegenation, and Other Dangerous Encounters in Turn-of-the Century New York City, Mary Ting Yi Lui, (Princeton University Press), in American Historical Review 111 (April 2006): 495-496.
  • Shades of Hiawatha: Staging Indians, Making Americans, 1880-1930, Alan Tratchenberg, (Hill and Wang), in Journal of American Ethnic History 25 (Fall 2005): 128-129.
  • Suburban Sahibs: Three Immigrant Families and their Passage from India to America, S. Mitra Kalita, (Rutgers University Press), in New Jersey History 122 (2004) 153-156.
  • Chinese Immigrants, African Americans, and Racial Anxiety in the United States, 1848-82, Najia Aarim-Heriot, (University of Illinois Press), in The Historian 66 (Winter 2004): 824-825.
  • God Bless America: Tin Pan Alley Goes to War, Kathleen E. R. Smith, (University of Kentucky Press), in Pacific Historical Review, 72 (Nov. 2003): 657-658.

Public History Projects

  • “19th-Century Chinese Immigration,” Lectures in History, C-SPAN3, https://www.c-span.org/video/?424369-1/19th-century-chinese-immigration, 2017.
  • Discovery Alexandria: The 20th Century (commentator), WETA (Washington’s PBS affiliate), 2016.
  • Fort Ward Historic Park and Museum Interpretive Committee, Office of Historic Alexandria, 2016-Present.
  • 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act and the Civil Rights Movement, Alexandria Black History Museum and the 1882 Foundation, September-October 2015.
  • Immigrant Alexandra: Past, Present, and Future–Oral History Project, Office of Historic Alexandria, 2014-2016.
  • “A Brief History of Alexandria’s Health Department at 517 N. St Asaph Street, 1944-2004,” Alexandria Archaeology, Office of Historic Alexandria, July 2014.
  • Finding the Fort: African American History and Memory at Fort Ward Historic Park [Draft], Alexandria Archaeology, Office of Historic Alexandria, 2014.

Websites/Blogs

Presentations:

  • “Sites of Circulation: American Theaters in the Late Nineteenth Century,” chair/commentator, Organization of American Historians Annual Conference, April 2017.
  • “Popular Musical Migrations,” chair, Southern Regional American Studies Association Conference, March 2017.
  • “Making Diaspora in Latin America,” chair, Southern Regional American Studies Association Conference, March 2017.
  • “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.
  • “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.
  • “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,” 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act and the Civil Rights Movement, September 2015.
  • “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,” Digital Scholarship Colloquium, March 2015.
  • “Chinese Americans in Vaudeville, 1880s-1920s,” Talk Story (1882 Foundation/OCA -DC/Chinese American Citizens Alliance), March 2015.
  • “Foreign Students and the U.S. Immigration Bureau, 1880s-1910s,” Social Sciences Research Colloquium, University of Mary Washington, March 2015.
  • “Finding the Fort: A History of an African American Neighborhood, 1860s-1960s,” Ad Hoc Fort Ward Park & Museum Area Stakeholders, June 2014.
  • “Dreaming of Plaid: Ethnic Revivalism and Race Relations in Post-World War II Northern Virginia,” Organization of American Historians Conference, April 2014.
  • “Blending the Dreamy Mysticism of the East with the Prosaic Culture of the West:” Alla Nazimova and The Red Lantern (1919),” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, March 2014.
  • “Immigration and Community in Three Virginia Contexts,” moderator, Virginia Forum, March 2014.
  • “Pinterest in the Classroom: Case Studies in History and American Studies,” Virginia’s First Annual Open and Digital Learning Resources Conference, October 2013.
  • “Featured Panel: A Domain of One’s Own,” Virginia’s First Annual Open and Digital Learning Resources Conference, October 2013.
  • “Making Alexandria Scottish: Ethnic Revivalism in Post-World War II Virginia,” Virginia Forum, March 2013.
  • “Our Forgotten History:  The History of Asians and Asian Americans in the AmericanEntertainment Industry, 1880s-1920s” AASA Keynote Speaker, Georgia Tech, February 2013.
  • “To “Produce a Happy and Prosperous People:” Work, Land, and Everyday Life for African American Residents at Fairfax Seminary, Virginia, 1870s-1910s,” Southern Regional American Studies Association Conference, February 2013.
  • “UMW E-Portfolio Pilot: What Did We Learn?” Faculty Academy, University of Mary Washington, May 2012.
  • “The Great Third Coast: How Teaching in the Midwest and South Challenges Asian American Studies Revisited,” roundtable, Association for Asian American Studies Conference, April 2012.
  • “Programmatic Assessment in History and American Studies,” UMW Assessment Forum, April 2012.
  • “There’s No Place Like Home:” The African American Housing Crisis in Alexandria, Virginia, 1940s-1960s,” Virginia Forum, James Madison University, March 2012.
  • “Screening of The Red Lantern,” Chesapeake Regional American Studies Association Conference, American University, March 2012.
  • “A Forgotten History: Chinese Americans and the Vaudeville Stage, 1900s-1930s,” MURAP Annual Conference, UNC-Chapel Hill, July 2011.
  • “The Possibilities and Limitations of E-Portfolios: Three Case Studies,” Faculty Academy, University of Mary Washington, May 2011.
  • “The Southern Landscape since the 1950s,” chair/commentator, Southern American Studies Association Biennial Conference, February 2011.
  • “Yellowface, Yellow Peril during The Red Lantern: Early Cinema in Dialogue with Historical Setting and Context,” Vlaamse Dienst voor Filmcultuur (VDFC), Brussels, Belgium, October 2010.
  • “Digital Fluency, Online Communication, History and American Studies: One Department’s Engagement with Social Media and Pedagogy,” Faculty Academy, University of Mary Washington, May 2010.
  • “Northern Virginia/DC Spaces,” chair/commentator, Southern American Studies Association Biennial Conference, February 2009.
  • “The Emergence of Temporary Immigrant Categories in the United States, 1880s-1930s,” Research Colloquium, University of Mary Washington, November 2008.
  • “‘On a Temporary Basis’: The Emergence of Temporary Immigrant Categories in the United States, 1880s-1930s,” The Historical Society Conference, June 2008.
  • “The Great Third Coast: How Teaching in the Midwest and South Challenges Asian American Studies Revisited,” roundtable, Association for Asian American Studies Conference, April 2008.
  • “Intersections in American Foreign Policy and Immigration, 1945-1990,” Tea for TESOL, Nov. 2007.
  • “The Emergence of Temporary Immigrant Categories: Asian Entertainers and American Immigration Law, 1880s-1930s,” American Studies Association Conference, Oct. 2007.
  • “Researching Asian American History at the Library of Congress: Anecdotes from a Junior Scholar,” National Conference for the Establishment of an Asian Pacific American Collection at the Library of Congress, Oct. 2007.
  • “Asian American Vaudevillians,” Friends of the Asian Reading Room, Library of Congress, May 2007.
  • “The Great Third Coast: How Teaching in the Midwest and South Challenges Asian American Studies,” roundtable, Association for Asian American Studies Conference, April 2007.
  • “Guest Workers of a Different Kind: Immigration and American Entertainment Industry, 1880s-1920s.” John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress, Oct. 2006.
  • “Visibility in American Entertainment and Performers of Asian Descent, 1920s-1930s,” Association for Asian American Studies Conference, March 2006.
  • “Asian American Studies and the Research University,” roundtable, Association for Asian American Studies Conference, March 2006.
  • “K-12 AAAS Educators Institute,” workshop, Association for Asian American Studies Conference, March 2006.
  • “Performing Race: Asians and Asian Americans in Vaudeville, 1880s-1930s,” American Studies Association Conference, Nov. 2005.
  • “Looking at Acrobats: Chinese Performers and Globalization, 1850s-1930s,” Branching Out the Banyan Tree: A Changing Chinese America, Chinese Historical Society of America, Oct. 2005.
  • Yellowface: Creating the Chinese in American Popular Music and Performance, 1850s-1920s, book talk, Branching Out the Banyan Tree: A Changing Chinese America, Chinese Historian Society of America, Oct. 2005.
  • “Dancing to the Music: Identity and Performance,” chair/commentator, American Studies Association Conference, Nov. 2004.
  • “Finding the Beginning of Musical Expression: The St. Louis World’s Fair and the Racialization of Culture,” Performing Ethnicity: International Conference and Arts Festival, Oct. 2004.
  • “Negotiating Race: Subversion and the Rise of the Chinese American Vaudevillian, 1900s-1920s,” Association for Asian American Studies Conference, May 2003.
  • “Miners, Musicians, and Chinese Immigrants: The Rise of Yellowface in the Far West, 1850-1870,” SHEAR (Society of Historians of the Early American Republic) Conference, July 2002.
  • “Lee Tung Foo and the Creation of a Chinese American Vaudevillian, 1890s-1910s,” American Seminar, The John Nicholas Brown Center for the Study of American Civilization, Dec. 2001.
  • “The Creation of the Chinese Immigrant in American Music: The California Gold Rush and Blackface Minstrelsy, 1850-1870,” American Studies Association Conference, Nov. 2001.
  • “Patriotism, Music, and Consumption: The Failure of Anti-Japanese Music during World War II,” American Historical Association Conference, Jan. 2001.
  • “Towards Exclusion: American Popular Songs on Chinese Immigration, 1850-1883,” American Music History Seminar, American Antiquarian Society, Sept. 2000.
  • “Ethnicity and American Song in 19th Century California,” Scholarly Sustenance, Huntington Library, June 2000.
  • “From Heathen Chinese to Chinatowns: Lyrical and Musical Constructions of Chinese Immigrants in American Popular Song, 1870-1910,” Association for Asian American Studies Conference, May 2000.
  • “‘There’s no Yellow in the Red, White, and Blue’: The Production and Reception of Anti-Japanese Music during World War II,” Joint Annual Meeting of the ASA-CAAS, Oct. 1999.

Professional and Community Affiliations:

  • Association for Asian American Studies (1999-Present)
    • Program Committee (2010-2011)
    • History Book Award Committee (2008-2009)
    • Site Committee Co-Chair, Atlanta (2005-2006)
    • K-12 Educator’s Institute on Asian Americans Coordinator (2005-2006)
  • American Historical Association (1999-Present)
  • American Studies Association (1999-Present)
    • American Studies Association-Japanese Association for American Studies Project Advisory Committee (2017-Present)
    • Southern Regional American Studies Association (2008-Present)
      • President (2014-Present)
      • Vice President (2013-2014)
      • Executive Board (2008-Present)
      • Program Committee (2008-2010)
  • Korean American Coalition (1999-2005)
  • Organization of American Historians (1999-Present)
  • Immigration and Ethnic History Society (2006-Present)
  • Alexandria Historical Society (2017-Presesent
    • Executive Board (2017-Present)

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