I'm an assistant professor of history at the University of Baltimore. I research and teach about the twentieth-century United States, with a focus on capitalism, social movements, popular culture, and African American history. As a public historian, I work actively to increase access to history outside the classroom.
My forthcoming book, From Head Shops to Whole Foods: Activist Entrepreneurs since the 1960s, examines how a range of small businesses--including natural foods stores, head shops, feminist businesses, and African American booksellers--emerged out of social movements and countercultures in the 1960s and '70s. These unlikely businesses sought to remake capitalism, to advance political goals, and to revitalize public space. Today's interest in social enterprise and mission-driven business is rooted in these earlier activist entrepreneurs.