I live in Providence, Rhode Island. I teach and talk and write about the complexities of race and nation in American life. I also care a great deal about higher education, the humanities, and public culture.
More specifically, I am an historian of the nineteenth-century and twentieth-century United States and the Americas, and work at Brown University in the departments of Africana Studies and American Studies. If you click here you can learn more about my work.
I edit this website and this blog myself. Some of the stuff here is for friends and some of it is for students. The rest of it is for anyone who cares. But all of it is curated and controlled by me. A quick set of additions: I do not generally write about my own shop; I do not work on this site while I am in the office; I do not share this work with colleagues; and I do not submit any of this material as a part of my annual review. Nothing on this site reflects the views of my employer.