I received my Ph.D. in American Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where I also found my calling as a teacher. Since then I have combined my love of teaching and scholarship at several universities, primarily the University of Notre Dame in American Studies where I developed courses on “American Men, American Women,” “Race, Gender, and Women of Color,” “Mixed Race America,” “Civil Rights and Social Protest,” and “Homefronts during War.” This last was first offered in Spring, 2002: my response to the attacks on 9/11 and the ensuing war in Afghanistan.
Returning to the University of Michigan as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2008 was particularly fun as I reversed my Michigan to Notre Dame experience, allowing students to boo my suspect football loyalties before settling down to teaching courses on “Politics and Culture of the Sixties,” “Race, Racism and Ethnicity,” and “The U.S. Since 1945.” These were extraordinary subjects to be immersed in during the presidential election and inauguration of Barack Obama.
I am currently living in western Michigan, making the most of a year without teaching to complete the manuscript for my next book, The Color of Blood: the Significance of the Black-White Figure in American History.