I am an assistant professor of U.S. history and material culture at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where I teach classes on material culture, gender and sexuality, and public history. My work has appeared at CNNOpinion.com, smithsonianmag.com, Racked.com, theconversation.com, as well as in Winterthur Portfolio, The New England Quarterly, and Business History. I focus on material culture, urban history, capitalism, race and ethnicity, and gender and sexuality in my work.
My first book, From Goodwill to Grunge: A History of Secondhand Styles and Alternative Economies (UNC Press, 2017) looks at how secondhand goods sold at thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales came to be both profitable and culturally influential. A fascination with fashion and capitalism directs my gaze.
I am available as a historical content consultant, with an emphases on dress and style in nineteenth and twentieth-century U.S..