My research interests include Southern Jewish history, urban history, and the history
of tolerance in the urban Jim Crow South. My article in Southern Jewish History examined how Jews and non-Jews worked together to disassociate Asheville, North Carolina
from the fascistic Silver Shirt movement, which was headquartered in the city. The
focus of my next research project is North Carolina’s pioneering but neglected Bureau
of Work Among Negroes, which was part of the state’s Department of Public Welfare
between the 1925 and 1961. I teach modern world history and courses in American history
including American memory and immigration.
HIST 1030: World Civilizations III: World History, c. 1800-Present
HIST 3010: Collective Memories
HIST 3020: Immigration and Ethnicity in American History
Goldenberg Prize for the Best Essay in Jewish Studies, University of Minnesota Jewish
Studies, 2012, for “From Objects to Agents of Tolerance: Jews, Public Space, and Political
Culture in Asheville, North Carolina, 1926-1950.”
“Urban Governance and Tolerance: The Regulation of Suspect Spaces and the Burden of
Surveillance in Post-World War I Asheville, North Carolina,” Journal of Urban History, 2015.
“The Arrival of a Provocateur: Responses to William Dudley Pelley in Asheville, North
Carolina, 1930-1934,” Southern Jewish History, volume 16, 2013.
Conference & Presentation Highlights
“Tolerance, Suspect Spaces, and Networks of Surveillance In Post-World War I Asheville,
North Carolina.” Panelist. Urban History Conference, Philadelphia, October 9-12, 2014.
“‘No American has ever paid finer tribute to the great Jewish race’: Tolerance, American
Nationalism, and Race in Lost Cause Ceremonies in Asheville, North Carolina, 1926-1945.”
Panelist. Conference on Jews, Slavery, and the Civil War, Charleston, SC, May 25-26,