I specialize in the study of the Civil War, African American History, Great Depression and World War II, and the History of the South. I have taught courses in these areas over the course of the years.
My present research interests involve the future publication of books on Harlem and the relationship between African Americans and Germany. The later is the result of my research on the African American expatriate community and travelers in Europe.
Like many professors, I love to hear myself talk. Thus my penchant for lecturing. However, even more than hearing myself expound on history and the world, I love to hear my students talk and joy in their intellectual engagement of history.
- Ph.D., Columbia University, 1979
- M.A., Seton Hall University, 1970
- B.A., Montclair State University, 1968
- Germans and African Americans: Two Centuries of Exchange.
University Press of Mississippi, 2010.
- "Harlem: Overview and History." In Cary D. Wintz and Paul Finkelman (Eds.), Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, New York: Routledge, October 2004.
- "Harlem Riot of 1935."
In Cary D. Wintz and Paul Finkelman (Eds.), Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, New York: Routledge, October 2004.
"Charles Alston’s Harlem Hospital Murals: Cultural Politics in Depression Era Harlem." Prospects, Cambridge University Press journal, 26, 391- 421, December 2001.
- Fulbright Lecturing and Research Award to Germany
- NEH Summer Institute on American Urban History, Columbia University
- New York University Humanities Seminars for Visiting Scholars (Mellon Foundation)
- Schomburg Center for Scholars in Residence Program
- NEH Summer Institute on Afro-American Religion, Princeton University