PhD, University of Toronto, 1988.
I teach and research in American cultural history. I have recently published a book on the development of popular entertainment in the nineteenth century and am currently engaged in a major research project related to vaudeville. I have previously written on U.S. cultural diplomacy in the early Cold War, on the history of the Blues, on music in WWI, on modernism and on the evolution of retailing.
I am offering research assistantships for senior undergraduate and graduate students.
Research website: vaudevilleamerica.org.
"‘I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier’: Popular Song and American Neutrality, 1914–1917," War in History, November 2017 (available online).
The Soul of Pleasure: Sentiment and Sensation in Nineteenth-Century American Mass Entertainment (Cornell University Press, 2016).
"The Wicked Barrisons," in Music and International History in the Twentieth Century, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, ed. (Berghahn, 2015), 33-57.
"Double-Voiced: Music, Gender and Nature in Performance," Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era," 14:2 (2015), 173-93.
“The Eyes of Anna Held: Sex and Sight in the Progressive Era,” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. 10:3 (2011), 289-327.
“Ev’rybody’s Crazy ‘Bout the Doggone Blues: Creating the Country Blues in the Early Twentieth Century,” Journal of Popular Music Studies. 19:3 (2008) 179-214.
Settling Scores: German Music, Denazification and the Americans, 1945-1953 (University of North Carolina Press, 2005).