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I’ve written four books. They span a wide range of topics, but are joined by a focus on race and race-relations, on inequality and difference, and on struggles for justice and structures of oppression. You can learn more by visiting the Harvard University Press and University of North Carolina Press websites.

My most recent book is Josephine Baker and the Rainbow Tribe, which focuses on the civil rights heroine’s late-in-life adoption of twelve children, to be raised in a castle in the rural French countryside.

I’ve also recently co-authored a book with Caroline Levander – Hotel Life – which is a broader kind of cultural critique, aimed right at the heart of contemporary American life, wherein we’ve tried to do for hotels what Foucault once did for prisons. Caroline and I are thinking about a book on “American Style” as our next collaborative project.

I’m working on a collection on the history of race, titled The Oxford Handbook on the History of Race. And I’ve begun two other large-scale projects: a book on the cultural history of class, and a global life of the queer, cosmopolitan, human rights icon, Roger Casement.  

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