Subjects: American studies; critical human geography/urban studies; history; sociology
- Children, Youth, and War
- Environmental History and the American South
- Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation
- History in the Headlines
- New Perspectives on the Civil War Era
- Peabody Series in Media History
- Print Culture in the South
- Since 1970: Histories of Contemporary America
- Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
- UnCivil Wars
Conferences: American Historical Association, American Society for Environmental History, Association of American Geographers, American Studies Association, Organization of American Historians, Society of Civil War Historians, Southern Labor Studies Conference, American Sociological Association.
Work that tests assumptions and explores the intersections of race, class, and gender in interesting ways is always welcome, as is work that takes a (well-grounded) stand. I encourage books that meld empirical research with theoretical insight and strive to share that evidence and thought in clear, compelling prose. In academic publishing, we often speak of scholarship for the public square. It’s a worthy goal, even when we can’t predict how many readers will show up at that square. I try to help authors prepare themselves and their writing for smart, engaged readers.
Some notable books that highlight the sort of publishing I’ve cultivated at Georgia: Voter Suppression in U.S. Elections, by Jim Downs, Stacey Abrams, Carol Anderson, Kevin M. Kruse, Heather Cox Richardson, and Heather Ann Thompson; Development Drowned and Reborn by Clyde Woods, Jordan T. Camp, and Laura Pulido; Rethinking America’s Past Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States in the Classroom and Beyond by Robert Cohen and Sonia E. Murrow; and Audacious Agitation: The Uncompromising Commitment of Black Youth to Equal Education after Brown by Vincent D. Willis.
Beyond the book, I have a long-standing commitment to digital scholarship and remain deeply engaged in seeking the best ways to truly publish (not post) that scholarship. Most recently that includes digital “supplements” for books in the New Perspectives on the Civil War Era series and helping to bring the Manifold digital publishing platform to the Press.
So, I seek fresh ideas in books and digital scholarship that bring lucid but constructive complexity to our established stories. Books that make me go “hmmm?” That’s what I seek. Surprise me.