Below are highlights from my C.V., with a particular focus on recent work. The complete C.V. is available here.


2005- present

Associate Professor of History, High Point University, High Point, NC


Content Advisor, “The Time Warp Trio,” WGBH-TV, Boston, MA


Instructor, History and Literature Program, Harvard University



Ph.D. in History of American Civilization, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA


J.D., Boston College Law School, Newton, MA


A.B. in History, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Public History Work

2014- present

Director, The William Penn Project


Historical Advisor, “Building America Through Core Democratic Values,” The International Civil Rights Center and Museum, Greensboro, NC




Commercializing Childhood: Children’s Magazines, Urban Gentility, and the Ideal of the American Child (University of Massachusetts Press, 2015) Recipient of the 2015 Honor Book Award from The Children's Literature Association for "outstanding scholarly work in the field of children's literature."

“Thrills For Children: The Youth’s Companion, the Civil War, and the Commercialization of American Youth” in Civil War and Childhood, ed. James Marten (New York: New York University Press, 2011)

“Reforming the Delinquent Consumer: Institutional Responses to Children’s Consumption from the Late Nineteenth Century to the Present” in Children and Consumer Culture in American Society, ed. Lisa Jacobson (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007)


Media Articles

"The Insidious Logic of  'Stick to Sports'," The Atlantic, October 2, 2017

"Turn-of-the-Century Kid's Books Taught Wealthy, White Boys the Virtues of Playing Football," Smithsonian, September 15, 2017

"Can Facebook Help Public Historians Build Community?" History@Work: The National Council of Public Historians Blog, August 11, 2017

"How Banning Books Marginalizes Children," The Atlantic, October 1, 2016

"Baseball on the Margins in 1916," The Hardball Times, September 16, 2016

"Babe Ruth, Ring Lardner, and Baseball on the Verge in 1916," The Hardball Times, August 26, 2016

"Reflecting on the High Point Sit-ins Anniversary," High Point Enterprise, February 15, 2016

"Why Children Get Gifts on Christmas: A History," The Atlantic, December 25, 2015

"The Star Wars Plot Device That's 150 Years Old," Time Magazine, December 18, 2015

"The 1915 World Series and the Rise of the Modern American Sports Fan," We're History, November 3, 2015

“What’s Next for Sesame Street?” We’re History, September 4, 2015

HPU History class digs in William High’s past, High Point Enterprise, May 30, 2015

“William Penn Project Builds Community” Greensboro News and Record, May 10, 2015 


Conference Presentations


      "Power Struggles in Public History," National Council on Public History 2018 Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2018 


"Boston's Royal Rooters and the Limits of Biography," Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, April 2017         


"Using Facebook as an Engagement Tool for the William Penn Project," Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) Conference, High Point University, High Point, North Carolina, February 2016


“Round the Evening Lamp: Models of Community in Post-Civil War American Children’s Magazines, 1865-1880,” Society for the History of Childhood and Youth Biennial Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 2015

“Beyond McGreevy: Boston’s Royal Rooters and Social Advancement Through Baseball Fandom, 1897-1918,” Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, Cooperstown, NY, May 2015

 “Building Community Through History: The William Penn High School Project in High Point, North Carolina,” National Council on Public History 2015 Annual Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee, April 2015


“The Juvenile Miscellany and the Outward Turn of the Genteel Child Reader in New England,” Society for Historians of the Early Republic Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 2014

“The Rise and Fall of the Royal Rooters: Baseball, Politics and Masculinity in Progressive Era Boston, 1897-1918” The 21st Annual NINE Spring Training Conference on the Historical and Sociological Impact of Baseball, Tempe, Arizona, March 2014


“This is Not Your Place: Children, Citizenship, and the Civil War in the Youth’s Companion,” Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN, November 2013(received conference Award of Excellence) 

Interviews/Invited Talks

"Why Children's Magazines Matter: Studying Artifacts of Popular Culture," The Rembert W. Patrick Memorial Lecture, Guilford College Department of History, April 24, 2017

"Nineteenth Century Developments in Childhood Culture," Bank Street Graduate School of Education, November 3, 2016

"When Children Become Consumers," "The State of Things," WUNC 91.5 North Carolina Pubic Radio, October 11, 2016

Interview with David S. Levine, "Hearsay Culture," KZSU- FM Stanford University Radio, June 24, 2016

"Building Youth Culture Through Media," Wake Forest University Museum of Anthropology, February 23, 2016

"Commercializing Childhood," High Point Museum, October 29, 2015