Public History

I am deeply devoted to advocating and participating in a sustained engagement between professional historians and the public. I use the tools of a digital historian in order to help bring history to a larger, public audience. I aim to teach my classes in a way that prepares students to be critical thinkers about history well beyond their college years regardless of their future careers. I am also involved in multiple digital and public history projects and helping students prepare for careers in public history.

War Stories

21596_warstories_cWar Stories aims to preserve the experiences of West Texas military veterans and their families from WWI to the present. The project involves a series of public presentations and collecting photographs, letters, and other memorabilia from veterans and their families as well as interviews from them. These materials are collected in a digital archive housed at Angelo State and partially available on the web. We are interested in hearing from you if you would like to share your experience in the military or your experience having loved ones in the military. You can contribute original documents, such as photos, letters, diaries, certificates or other documents. We will scan your documents and return the originals to you (while you wait if you prefer). We can also provide you with a digital copy if you would like. You can also contribute by being interviewed. The project includes the experiences of all military personnel or support personnel as well as loved ones. Don’t think you “didn’t do enough.” We can also visit you if coming to San Angelo is not an option for you. If you would like to learn more about the project, you can visit the website email warstories [at] or call 325-942-2324. This project is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. (Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed on this website do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.)

Read more about this project in recent articles my co-director and I have written for Perspectives on History Magazine or for the NCPH History@Work blog. You can also see the project featured as part of Humanities for All, a project of the National Humanities Alliance.

New Books in History Podcast

history_300x300New Books in History features discussions with historians about their work, and particularly their new books. Marshall Poe is the founder of the network and the broader New Books Network of podcasts. I have been a host for the show for about a year. Among other authors, I have recently interviewed (click link for interview):

Adam Malta, The Men of Motown: Policing Baltimore in the Age of Slavery and Emancipation 
Robert N. Gross, Public vs. Private: The Early History of School Choice in America
J. Samuel Walker, Most of 14th Street Is Gone: The Washington, DC Riots of 1968
Brian James Leech, The City That Ate Itself: Butte, Montana and Its Expanding Berkeley Pit
Nicholas Trajano Molnar, American Mestizos, the Philippines, and the Malleability of Race, 1898-1961
Kali Nicole Gross, Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso
David Weinstein, The Eddie Cantor Story: A Jewish Life in Performance and Politics 
Richard E. Schroeder, The Foundation of the CIA: Harry Truman, the Missouri Gang and the Origins of the Cold War
Sarah Haley, No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity
Allison Perlman, Public Interests: Media Advocacy and Struggles Over U.S. Television
Christopher Lowen Agee, The Streets of San Francisco: Policing and the Creation of a Cosmopolitan Liberal Politics, 1950-1972
Mitchel Roth, Convict Cowboys: The Untold History of the Texas Prison Rodeo
Heather Ann Thompson, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy
Jason Pierce, Making the White Man’s West: Whiteness and the American West
Barbara Hahn and Bruch Baker, The Cotton Kings: Capitalism and Corruption in Turn-of-the-Century New York and New Orleans
Campbell F. Scribner, The Fight for Local Control: Schools, Suburbs, and American Democracy
Kenna R. Archer, Unruly Waters: A Social and Environmental History of the Brazos River
Peter Linebaugh, The Incomplete, True, Authentic and Wonderful History of May Day
Patrick Hagopian, American Immunity: War Crime and the Limits of International Law
Sam Mitrani, The Rise of the Chicago Police Department: Class and Conflict, 1850-1894
Akinyele Omawale Umoja, We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement
Jennifer Delton, Rethinking the 1950s: How Anticommunism and the Cold War Made America Liberal
Michelle Nickerson, Mothers of Conservatism: Women and the Postwar Right
Udi Greenberg, The Weimar Century: German Émigrés and the Ideological Foundation of the Cold War