for Scholarly and Digital Projects
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 Transformations
- History in the Headlines
- New Perspectives on the Civil War
- 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, 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: Empty Sleeves by Brian Craig Miller; Remapping Second-Wave Feminism by Janet Allured; Development Drowned and Reborn by Clyde Woods, Jordan T. Camp, and Laura Pulido; Let Us Now Praise Famous Gullies by Paul Sutter; Revolting New York edited by Neil Smith and Don Mitchell; and Howard Zinn’s Southern Diary by Robert Cohen.
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, as well as serving on the University of Georgia’s Digital Humanities Steering Committee, part of a broader DIGI collaboration with UGA Libraries, faculty, and the Willson Center.
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.