About MPG

I was born and raised in central New Jersey, lived at the Jersey Shore for several years after high school, and continue to think of the Garden State as my true North. Now, however, I live in Providence, Rhode Island, where I teach and talk and write about the complexities of race and nation in American life at Brown University in the departments of Africana Studies and American Studies. I also care a great deal about higher education, the humanities, and public culture. Sometimes I share my concerns or my enthusiasms elsewhere (and link to them here in “News”), and sometimes, when I don’t want to worry about editorial oversight, I put them here, in the “Musings” section.

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