U.S. history since 1800, particularly on the histories of women, gender, and sexuality. She received her B.A. from Harvard
University and her Ph.D. from Columbia University. She taught at Rutgers University at Newark and at the University of North
Texas before coming to NEIU in 2003. She is the author of Women and Patriotism in Jim Crow America
(University of North Carolina Press, 2005). She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled
“A Nation of Descendants: Genealogy In Modern America.” She has received outside grants (the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium)
to research this project, and has published in such journals as the New England Quarterly. In 2010 she published an essay
entitled “A Noble Pursuit?: Bourgeois America’s Uses of Lineage” in Sven Beckert and Julia Rosenbaum, eds.,
The American Bourgeoisie: Distinction and Identity in the Nineteenth Century (Palgrave Macmillan).
With Professor Joan Marie Johnson, she is the founding co-organizer of the Newberry Seminar on Women and Gender.