About MPG


MPG lives in Providence, Rhode Island, where he teaches and talks and writes about the complexities of race and nation in American life at Brown University in the departments of Africana Studies and American Studies. He has a PhD in American History from Rutgers University, which he earned in 1999. His academic CV is right here. His official Brown page  – with a fuller academic biography – is right here.

Whenever MPG writes for a broader public, he posts a link under the “Media” link on this site. And when he doesn’t want to worry about editorial oversight, or when he is writing for friends and colleagues, or when he is doing something a little different, he put his thoughts here in the “Blog” section.

He has written or co-authored several books on American culture, spanning a wide range of topics, but 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 about his work by visiting his research page at Brown, or by going to the Harvard University Press and University of North Carolina Press websites. His 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.

And he has recently begun two new large-scale projects: a global life of the queer, cosmopolitan, human rights icon and revolutionary, Roger Casement, under contract with Norton, and a book on class passing, which is also, in a way, a history of racial passing and cross-dressing, under contract with the University of North Carolina press. He hopes one day to write a book about Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.

MPG also has an ongoing collaborative research partnership with a friend and fellow academic, Caroline Levander. The work they do together departs a little bit from his own specialization – and from hers as well.  They’ve written Hotel Lifewhich is a broader kind of cultural critique, aimed right at the heart of contemporary American life, wherein they’ve tried to do for hotels what Foucault once did for prisons.  You can learn more on their website here.