Research and teaching interests:
20th century US urban history, particularly housing, antipoverty work, and housing segregation
Professor of History, July 2018 to present
Associate Professor of History, July 2006 to June 2018
Assistant Professor of History, August 2001 to June 2006
Ph.D., School of History, Technology, and Society, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2001 (advisor: Ronald H. Bayor)
M.A., History, Florida Atlantic University, 1995 (advisors: Raymond A. Mohl, Mark H. Rose)
B.S.E., Materials Science and Engineering (Metallurgy), University of Florida, 1991
Poor Atlanta: Poverty, Race, and the Limits of Sunbelt Development, 1946 to 1976. Athens: University of Georgia Press, expected January 2023.
The Culture of Property: Race, Class, and Housing Landscapes in Atlanta, 1880-1950. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2009.
“A City Divided,” chapter excerpted from Culture of Property with additional visual materials to Southern Spaces, 20 December 2009, http://www.southernspaces.org/2009/city-divided.
Journal articles and book chapters (refereed):
“Lobbying for Welfare in a Deep South State Legislature in the 1970s,” Journal of Southern History, 84 (August 2018): 653-96.
“Emmaus House and Atlanta’s Anti-Poverty Movements,” Atlanta Studies, released 28 April 2015. [With photographs by Boyd Lewis] Available at https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/atlantastudies/emmaus-house-and-atlantas-anti-poverty-movements/
“Be a Patriot, Buy a Home: Re-imagining Home Owners and Home Ownership in Early 20th Century Atlanta.” Journal of Social History 41 (Summer 2008): 943-965.
“A City Too Busy to. . . Reflect? Public History, Controversy, and Civic Engagement,” Writing America: Classroom Literacy and Public Engagement. Sarah Robbins and Mimi Dyer, eds. New York: Columbia University/Teachers College Press, October 2004.
“A Reprehensible and Unfriendly Act: Homeowners, Renters, and the Bid for Residential Segregation in Atlanta, 1900-1917.” Journal of Planning History 3 (May 2004): 83-115.
“’Speculators Attention!’: Workers and Rental Housing Development in Atlanta, 1880-1910,” Journal of Urban History 28 (July 2002): 546-572.
[with Kristen Walker and Christine DeBord] “Learning to Ask: College Experiences and the Public Work of Arts and Humanities Alumni.” Diversity & Democracy 21 (Spring 2018). Available at https://www.aacu.org/diversitydemocracy/2018/spring/lands
“The Peoplestown Project.” 2009-11. A web-based oral history, primary resource, and interpretive project created in partnership with Emmaus House, Auburn Avenue Research Library, Peoplestown Revitalization Corporation, and Atlanta History Center. Funded by external and internal sources. http://www.thepeoplestownproject.com
“Taking Place: South Rome.” 2006-07. A collection of seven radio documentaries about an historically black neighborhood within South Rome, Georgia. Aired on WRGA-Rome, 2007. The South Rome component is part of a larger grant project (Taking Place) funded by Georgia Humanities Council in which I partnered with undergraduates in public scholarship. My component of the project is available at http://www.taking-place.org/rome.html.
[with Melissa Massey] Summer Hill Museum. 2004-05. Curation of museum, archives, and development of curricular materials for the Summer Hill Complex. Funded externally. http://www.summer-hill.org.
· CHSS, DHP nominee, Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award for Online Teaching, August 2015
· KSU Foundation Distinguished Service Award, 2011; CHSS Distinguished Service Award, Kennesaw State University, 2011
· KSU Foundation Prize for Publication (for The Culture of Property: Race, Class and Housing Landscapes in Atlanta, 1880-1950), 2010
· KSU Alumni Foundation Betty L. Siegel Faculty Member of the Year, 2010
· Georgia Board of Regents’ Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award (Department/Program -- Summer Hill Project), 2006
· Finalist, KSU Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award, 2006; CHSS Vassilis Economopoulos Distinguished Teaching Award, 2004-05