Campus: Wilfrid Laurier
Office: DAWB 5-152

My teaching and research field is modern U.S. history. I am especially interested in early twentieth century American culture as it has been expressed through art and entertainment.     I’ve studied efforts to promote American cultural values internationally, and both “high” and “popular” art domestically. Most recently, I have written on the history of the blues, vaudeville, opera and modernism. I am intrigued by the fact that new strains in African-American music and new representations of women and minorities became popular in American entertainment at a time when racial segregation and nativism were at their apex. I am currently researching a book on popular modernism and the vaudeville stage in the early twentieth century.

Selected recent publications:
  • “Ev’rybody’s Crazy ‘Bout the Doggone Blues: Creating the Country Blues in the Early Twentieth Century.” Journal of Popular Music Studies, 19 (Spring, 2007).
  • “Americanizing the Patron State? Government and Music under American Occupation, 1945-1953.” In A. Riethmüller, ed., Deutsche Leitkultur Musik: Geschichte und Musikgeschichte nach 1945 (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2006).
  • Settling Scores: German Music, Denazification and the Americans, 1945-1953 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005).
  • “He’s a Cripple an’ Needs My Love”: Porgy and Bess as Cold War Propaganda.” Intelligence and National Security, 18 (Summer, 2003).
  • “Verklärte Nacht: Denazifying Musicians under American Control.” In A. Riethmüller and M. Kater, eds., Music and Nazism (Laaber: Laaber Verlag, 2002).
  • “Disguise, Containment and the Porgy and Bess Revival of 1952-56.” Journal of American Studies, 34 (2002).
  • “Internationalism, Regionalism and Music Culture: Music Control in Bavaria, 1945-48.” Central European History, 33 (2000).