Education

PhD in History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009

BA in History, Macalester College, 2002


Academic Employment

Associate Professor, African and African American Studies Program, September 2016 - Present

Associate Professor, Department of History, Texas Tech University, September 2015 - July 2016

Assistant Professor, Department of History, Texas Tech University, September 2009 - August 2015

Visiting Instructor and Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellow, Africana Studies Department, Luther College, 2008-2009

Visiting Instructor and Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellow, American Racial and Multicultural Studies Department, St. Olaf College, 2007-2008

Instructor, Department of History, University of Illinois, 2006-2007

Teaching Assistant, Department of History, University of Illinois, 2005-2006

Teaching Assistant, Afro-American Studies, University of Illinois, 2003-2005


Fellowships, Grants, and Awards

Dunham College Faculty Fellow, University of Oklahoma, Fall 2017 - Present

Humanities Center Book Group Award, Texas Tech University, Spring 2016

Open Teaching Concept Fellow, Texas Tech University, 2013-2014

Creative Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Research Grant, Texas Tech University, 2012-2013

Project Narrative Summer Institute Fellow, Ohio State University, 2012

Gloria Lyerla Research Travel Grant, Texas Tech University, 2011-2012

Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellowship, Luther College, 2008-2009

Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellowship, St. Olaf College, 2007- 2008

Coca Cola Museum Fellowship, Minnesota Historical Society, 2001-2002


Publications

Books

Beyond the Rope: The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture and Memory, (Cambridge University Press, 2016)

The Murder of Emmett Till: A Graphic History, (under contract, Oxford University Press)

History of American Racial Violence: An Encyclopedia of Conflicts, Riots, and Revolution, 4 Volumes (to be published in October 2019, ABC-CLIO)

Terrible Legacy: Encyclopedia of Lynching in America, 2 Volumes (to be published in January 2020, ABC-CLIO)

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Black Vigilantism: The Rise and Decline of African American Lynch Mob Activity in the Mississippi and Arkansas Deltas, 1883-1930, Journal of African American History 95 (Winter 2010)

“The Lynching Blues: Robert Johnson’s ‘Hellhound on My Trail’ as Anti-Lynching Protest,” Study the South, May 2015 

Non Peer-Reviewed Articles and Chapters

“Lynching and the Making of Modern America,” Reviews in American History 39 (December 2011)

Anti-Lynching Activism, The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Volume 22: Violence, (University of North Carolina Press, 2011)

Non Peer-Reviewed Reviews

Review of Craig Steven Wider, Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities, Choice 51, no. 9 (May 2014)

Review of Sandy Alexandre, The Properties of Violence: Claims to Ownership in Representations of Lynching, Choice 51, no. 2 (October 2013)

Review of Anthony Q. Hazard, Jr., Postwar Anti-Racism: the United States, UNESCO, and “Race,” 1945-1968, Choice 50, no. 11 (July 2013)

Review of Ashraf H. Rushdy, American Lynching, Choice 50, no. 8 (April 2013).

Review of Jim Downs, Sick From Freedom: African American Illness and Suffering During the Civil War and Reconstruction, Choice 50, no. 4 (December 2012).

Review of Nico Slate, Colored Cosmopolitans: The Shared Struggle for Freedom in the United States and India, Choice 49, no. 11 (July 2012).

Review of Evelyn M. Simien, Gender and Lynching: The Politics of Memory, Choice 49, no. 10 (June 2012).

Review of Leigh Raiford, Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare: Photography and the African American Freedom Struggle, Journal of Southern History 78 (May 2012).

Review of Koritha Mitchell, Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930, Choice 49, no. 7 (March 2012).

Review of Robert Harrison, Washington during Civil War and Reconstruction: Race and Radicalism, Choice 49, no. 7 (March 2012).

Review of Julie Buckner, Mary Turner and the Memory of Lynching, Choice 49, no. 6 (February 2012).

Review of Barbara Gannon, The Won Cause: Black and White Comradeship in the Grand Army of the Republic, Choice 49, no. 5 (January 2012).

Review of H. Roy Kaplan, The Myth of Post-Racial America: Searching for Equality in the Age of Materialism, Choice 49, no. 3 (November 2011).

Review of Dayo F. Gore, African American Women Activists in the Cold War: African American Women Activists in the Cold War, Choice 49, no. 3 (November 2011).

Review of Donna Jean Murch, Living for the City: Migration, Education, and the Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California, Choice 48, no. 11 (July 2011).

Review of The Great Task Remaining Before Us: Reconstruction as America's Continuing Civil War, ed. by Paul A. Cimbala and Randall M. Miller, Choice 48, no. 8 (April 2011).

Review of Danielle L. McGuire, At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance--A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power, Choice 48, no. 6 (February 2011).

Review of Stephen V. Ash, The Black Experience in the Civil War South, Choice 48, no. 5 (January 2011).

Review of Neighborhood rebels: Black Power at the Local Level, ed. by Peniel E. Joseph, Choice 48, no. 3 (November 2010).

Review of Want to Start a Revolution?: Radical Women in the Black Freedom Struggle, ed. by Dayo F. Gore, Jeanne Theoharis, and Komozi Woodard. Choice 48, no. 2 (October 2010).

Review of Long is the Way and Hard: One Hundred Years of the National Association for the     Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), ed. by Kevern Verney and Lee Sartain, Choice 47, no. 9 (May 2010).

Review of Jacqueline Goldsby, A Spectacular Secret: Lynching in American Life and Literature. Journal of African American History 92 (Fall 2007).

Reviewer

Manuscript Reviewer, Tulsa’s Race Riot, University of Oklahoma Press, (January 2016)

Reviewer and Advisory Board Member, “No Man’s Land: The Experiences of East Texas African Americans in World War I Traveling Exhibit,” East Texas Historical Commission, (February 2016 - Present)

Grant Proposal Reviewer, Humanities Texas Grant, Bullock Texas State History Museum, (September 2014)

Journal Article Reviewer, “When Protest Fails: Rethinking the Historiography of Armed Black Self-Defense,” American Nineteenth Century History, (March 2012)

Journal Article Reviewer, “The Politics of African American Lynching in the U.S. South, 1882-1930,” American Journal of Political Science, (November 2014)

Invited Lectures and Conference Presentations

“Beyond the Rope: The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture and Memory,” delivered at Harvard Coop Bookstore, October 11, 2016

“21st Century Lynchings: Meditations on Police Killings of Unarmed Black Men,” delivered at Miami University, September 29, 2016

“21st Century Lynchings: Meditations on Police Killings of Unarmed Black Men,” delivered at California State University-Stanislaus, February 9, 2016

“The Lynching Blues: Robert Johnson’s Hellhound on My Trail as a Lynching Ballad,” delivered at Center for the Study of Southern Culture’s Blues Today Symposium at the University of Mississippi, April 9, 2015

“The Ku Klux Klan in Texas History,” delivered at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, June 2014

“If We Must Die: Representations of the Lynched Black Body in African American in History,” Toyin Falola Annual International Conference on Africa and the African Diaspora, Lead City University, Ibadan, Nigeria, July 2013 (invitation declined)

“If We Must Die: Representations of the Lynched Black Body in African American History,” delivered at Reframing Punishment Conference, Mansfield College, Oxford University, June 2012

“Black Vigilantism in the American South, 1882-1930,” delivered at the University of Milan, June, 2010

“Remembering Lynching: The Rape Myth in Black Historical Memory,” delivered at the National Council for Black Studies, March 2010

“Performing Migration: African American Migration Narratives, 1916-1918” delivered at the 6th Annual Black History Conference, Luther College, February 2009

“Black Lynch Mobs in the Arkansas and Mississippi Deltas, 1882-1930,” delivered at the National Council for Black Studies, March 2008

“African American Grassroots Resistance to Lynching in the Mississippi and Arkansas Delta, 1882-1930” delivered at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, October 2007

“Academic Lynchings: Discourse, Murder, and the Evasion of Political Economy, 1979-2000,” delivered at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, October 2006

“Academic Lynchings: Discourse, Murder, and the Evasion of Political Economy, 1979-2000,” delivered at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, October 2005