This blog is a catch all for my own thoughts on history, culture, and the past, often in public and often in the present but not always so. Its title “circa” is intended as a gesture toward the lack of determinacy with which I view the past, of the necessarily partial truths we tell about it.
I am an associate professor of history at Georgia State University, where I teach public history, US history, and immigration and ethnic history. My research interests lie in immigration/ethnic studies, public history, oral history, urban studies, and material culture. I have published on nineteenth-century women’s clothing practices, on patterns of ethnicity in the mid-Atlantic, the representation of immigrants in public history and culture, and the impact of ethnic and immigrant communities on the urban cultural landscape. My book, Ethnic Renewal in Philadelphia’s Chinatown: Space, Place, and Struggle, was published in 2015 by Temple University Press.
Currently, I am researching the history of refugee resettlement in the greater Atlanta area, and the racialized memory and history of three cities in DeKalb County, GA.