Why Are We Still Captive To The Issue?

I was very happy to have two articles appear in print this month. But one had been accepted in November 2011, the other in February 2012. My most recent article published prior to this month appeared in September 2012, having

Why Are We Still Captive To The Issue?

I was very happy to have two articles appear in print this month. But one had been accepted in November 2011, the other in February 2012. My most recent article published prior to this month appeared in September 2012, having

“Harlem in Black & White” now out in Journal of Urban History

My article, “Harlem in Black and White: Mapping Race and Place in the 1920s,” has appeared in the Journal of Urban History, vol. 39, no. 5, September 2013, pages 864-880. (Accepted November 2011) Abstract In the 1920s, as Harlem emerged

“Harlem in Black & White” now out in Journal of Urban History

My article, “Harlem in Black and White: Mapping Race and Place in the 1920s,” has appeared in the Journal of Urban History, vol. 39, no. 5, September 2013, pages 864-880. (Accepted November 2011) Abstract In the 1920s, as Harlem emerged

“The Company’s Voice in the Workplace” – now published

My article, “The Company’s Voice in the Workplace: Labor Spies, Propaganda and Personnel Management, 1918-1920,” has now appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, vol 10, no 3, 57-79 (Submitted June 2010;

“The Company’s Voice in the Workplace” – now published

My article, “The Company’s Voice in the Workplace: Labor Spies, Propaganda and Personnel Management, 1918-1920,” has now appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, vol 10, no 3, 57-79 (Submitted June 2010;

Leaving Paper Behind

Moving means packing up my office. As you can see, on one side of the office are books; on the other, filing cabinets and piles of paper (it’s not usually this messy, I promise).  Most of the books are making

Leaving Paper Behind

Moving means packing up my office. As you can see, on one side of the office are books; on the other, filing cabinets and piles of paper (it’s not usually this messy, I promise).  Most of the books are making

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Moving to a New Position

The official announcement was made today that I have accepted the position of director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, and Professor of History, at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia – hence the change of

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Moving to a New Position

The official announcement was made today that I have accepted the position of director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, and Professor of History, at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia – hence the change of

Private Detectives and the Paper Work of Surveillance in the United States, 1855-1939

“Private Detectives and the Paper Work of Surveillance in the United States, 1855-1939,” presented at Paper Work: the Materials and Practices of Modern Information Cultures Symposium, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, May 24, 2013.

Private Detectives and the Paper Work of Surveillance in the United States, 1855-1939

“Private Detectives and the Paper Work of Surveillance in the United States, 1855-1939,” presented at Paper Work: the Materials and Practices of Modern Information Cultures Symposium, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, May 24, 2013.

Semester 1, 2013: Key Issues in American Culture

USSC6914 Key Issues in American Culture USSC6914 is a core unit in the Masters of US Studies, taught in an intensive 10-week mode of weekly 3-hour seminars which explore topics ranging from Individualism to Race and Equality to Region.

Semester 1, 2013: Key Issues in American Culture

USSC6914 Key Issues in American Culture USSC6914 is a core unit in the Masters of US Studies, taught in an intensive 10-week mode of weekly 3-hour seminars which explore topics ranging from Individualism to Race and Equality to Region.

Semester 1, 2013: New York, New York

HSTY2670 New York, New York This is the fourth iteration of this lecture and tutorial course, which explores the history and representation of New York City, from its beginnings as a Dutch settlement down to 9/11, using the archetypal modern

Semester 1, 2013: New York, New York

HSTY2670 New York, New York This is the fourth iteration of this lecture and tutorial course, which explores the history and representation of New York City, from its beginnings as a Dutch settlement down to 9/11, using the archetypal modern

Semester 1, 2013: Digital History

HSTY4011 Digital History New Honours Seminar Description: New technologies are transforming the work of historians, and the ways in which we interpret the past and communicate our ideas with others.  This seminar will critically examine the digital tools and resources

Semester 1, 2013: Digital History

HSTY4011 Digital History New Honours Seminar Description: New technologies are transforming the work of historians, and the ways in which we interpret the past and communicate our ideas with others.  This seminar will critically examine the digital tools and resources

Joining the Crowd

“Joining the Crowd: Connecting a Digital History Project to the Web,”  Data – Asset – Method Network Workshop – So you think you’re an expert?, University of Nottingham, January 15, 2013 This paper examines efforts to attract an audience to

Joining the Crowd

“Joining the Crowd: Connecting a Digital History Project to the Web,”  Data – Asset – Method Network Workshop – So you think you’re an expert?, University of Nottingham, January 15, 2013 This paper examines efforts to attract an audience to

Harlem in Black and White

“Harlem in Black and White: Mapping Race and Place in the 1920s,” Department of American and Canadian Studies, University of Nottingham, January 14, 2013

Harlem in Black and White

“Harlem in Black and White: Mapping Race and Place in the 1920s,” Department of American and Canadian Studies, University of Nottingham, January 14, 2013

Digital Harlem

“Digital Harlem: Researching and Mapping Everyday Life in 1920s Harlem,” Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London, January 9, 2013

Digital Harlem

“Digital Harlem: Researching and Mapping Everyday Life in 1920s Harlem,” Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London, January 9, 2013

Mapping Everyday Life: Digital Harlem, 1915-1930

“Mapping Everyday Life: Digital Harlem, 1915-1930,” Digital History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, January 8, 2013 Synopsis: Digital Harlem is the online form of a project to explore everyday life in America’s leading black neighbourhood in the

Mapping Everyday Life: Digital Harlem, 1915-1930

“Mapping Everyday Life: Digital Harlem, 1915-1930,” Digital History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, January 8, 2013 Synopsis: Digital Harlem is the online form of a project to explore everyday life in America’s leading black neighbourhood in the

Digital Harlem

“Digital Harlem,” Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University,  December 11, 2012

Digital Harlem

“Digital Harlem,” Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University,  December 11, 2012

A Standards Based Major

“A Standards Based Major: Refocusing the History Major,” presented at the Sydney Teaching Colloquium, 3 October 2012. This presentation examines the influences from within the university and beyond that shaped the development of the new major in History.  In particular,

A Standards Based Major

“A Standards Based Major: Refocusing the History Major,” presented at the Sydney Teaching Colloquium, 3 October 2012. This presentation examines the influences from within the university and beyond that shaped the development of the new major in History.  In particular,

Disorderly Houses

“Disorderly Houses: Residences, Privacy, and the Surveillance of Sexuality in 1920s Harlem,” Journal of the History of Sexuality 21, 3 (September 2012): 443-466 (Submitted January 2010; accepted January 2011) The article argues that despite overcrowding, Harlem’s residences  provided privacy, due

Disorderly Houses

“Disorderly Houses: Residences, Privacy, and the Surveillance of Sexuality in 1920s Harlem,” Journal of the History of Sexuality 21, 3 (September 2012): 443-466 (Submitted January 2010; accepted January 2011) The article argues that despite overcrowding, Harlem’s residences  provided privacy, due

Refocusing the History Major at the University of Sydney

“Refocusing the History Major at the University of Sydney,” presented at the 2nd After Standards Workshop, University of Adelaide, July 8, 2012

Refocusing the History Major at the University of Sydney

“Refocusing the History Major at the University of Sydney,” presented at the 2nd After Standards Workshop, University of Adelaide, July 8, 2012

“This Thing of Ours”: American Studies in Australia

“”This Thing of Ours”: American Studies in Australia,” Plenary Panel on American Studies in the Twenty-First Century, Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association Conference, Brisbane, July 6, 2012

“This Thing of Ours”: American Studies in Australia

“”This Thing of Ours”: American Studies in Australia,” Plenary Panel on American Studies in the Twenty-First Century, Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association Conference, Brisbane, July 6, 2012

Private Detectives and Privacy in the Early Twentieth Century United States

“Private Detectives and Privacy in the Early Twentieth Century United States,” presented at the Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association Conference, Brisbane, July 4, 2012.   Histories of struggles over the right to privacy in the United States follow

Private Detectives and Privacy in the Early Twentieth Century United States

“Private Detectives and Privacy in the Early Twentieth Century United States,” presented at the Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association Conference, Brisbane, July 4, 2012.   Histories of struggles over the right to privacy in the United States follow

Semester 2, 2012: Law & Order in Modern America

HSTY2671 Law and Order in Modern America This is a new lecture and tutorial course, which begins with a module on approaches to the history of crime, focused on murder, then explores the criminal justice system and policing, and extra-legal

Semester 2, 2012: Law & Order in Modern America

HSTY2671 Law and Order in Modern America This is a new lecture and tutorial course, which begins with a module on approaches to the history of crime, focused on murder, then explores the criminal justice system and policing, and extra-legal

ASIS

Private Eyes and Ears –The Emergence of Covert Surveillance in America

“Private Eyes and Ears –The Emergence of Covert Surveillance in America,” ASIS NSW, May 29, 2012. Sydney University historian, Stephen Robertson will discuss the emergence of covert surveillance in America between the Civil War and the end of the Second

ASIS

Private Eyes and Ears –The Emergence of Covert Surveillance in America

“Private Eyes and Ears –The Emergence of Covert Surveillance in America,” ASIS NSW, May 29, 2012. Sydney University historian, Stephen Robertson will discuss the emergence of covert surveillance in America between the Civil War and the end of the Second

Bit Rot: Losing history

“Bit Rot: Losing History,” interview on ABC Radio’s Sunday Extra, May 6, 2012 How will the historians of the future reconstruct today’s world? Data stored electronically decays and there’s the risk that emails, websites and blogs that chronicle news and

Bit Rot: Losing history

“Bit Rot: Losing History,” interview on ABC Radio’s Sunday Extra, May 6, 2012 How will the historians of the future reconstruct today’s world? Data stored electronically decays and there’s the risk that emails, websites and blogs that chronicle news and

The Challenge of Virtual Cities

“The Challenge of Virtual Cities,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Milwaukee, April 21, 2012 Session Abstract: This session will explore historical analysis using virtual cities, that is, online reconstructions of historical urban spaces.  The

The Challenge of Virtual Cities

“The Challenge of Virtual Cities,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Milwaukee, April 21, 2012 Session Abstract: This session will explore historical analysis using virtual cities, that is, online reconstructions of historical urban spaces.  The

Populating a Building in Harlem

Populating a Building in Harlem: 116 West 144th Street, Digital Harlem Blog Aggregated census data have been important in establishing the character of Harlem as a black neighbourhood.  Census schedules individualize that data, and perhaps more importantly for Digital Harlem,

Populating a Building in Harlem

Populating a Building in Harlem: 116 West 144th Street, Digital Harlem Blog Aggregated census data have been important in establishing the character of Harlem as a black neighbourhood.  Census schedules individualize that data, and perhaps more importantly for Digital Harlem,

Putting the Census in Place

“Putting the Census in Place,” presented at The 1940 Census: A Public Roundtable Discussion, Digital Humanities Lab, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, April 10, 2012 Abstract: Aggregated census data has been important in establishing the character of Harlem as

Putting the Census in Place

“Putting the Census in Place,” presented at The 1940 Census: A Public Roundtable Discussion, Digital Humanities Lab, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, April 10, 2012 Abstract: Aggregated census data has been important in establishing the character of Harlem as

Putting Harlem on the Map

“Putting Harlem on the Map,” presented at the Australian Society of Archivists, ACT Branch, Canberra, March 29, 2012 This paper examines Digital Harlem and what it reveals about the kind of place Harlem was in the 1920s. The site employs

Putting Harlem on the Map

“Putting Harlem on the Map,” presented at the Australian Society of Archivists, ACT Branch, Canberra, March 29, 2012 This paper examines Digital Harlem and what it reveals about the kind of place Harlem was in the 1920s. The site employs

Teaching, Semester 1, 2012

USSC6914 Key Issues in American Culture A core unit in the Masters of US Studies, this postgraduate seminar is taught in an intensive 10 week mode | More Teaching

Teaching, Semester 1, 2012

USSC6914 Key Issues in American Culture A core unit in the Masters of US Studies, this postgraduate seminar is taught in an intensive 10 week mode | More Teaching

US Identity & Exceptionalism

“U.S. Identity & ‘Exceptionalism’,” presented at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies, Australian Defence College, Canberra, March 22, 2012 This presentation addresses the social and cultural factors that have played defining roles in shaping the political culture of the

US Identity & Exceptionalism

“U.S. Identity & ‘Exceptionalism’,” presented at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies, Australian Defence College, Canberra, March 22, 2012 This presentation addresses the social and cultural factors that have played defining roles in shaping the political culture of the

Putting Harlem on the Map

“Putting Harlem on the Map,” presented at Digital Humanities Australasia 2012, Canberra, March 30, 2012 Abstract: This paper examines Digital Harlem and what it reveals about the kind of place Harlem was in the 1920s. The site employs a database

Putting Harlem on the Map

“Putting Harlem on the Map,” presented at Digital Humanities Australasia 2012, Canberra, March 30, 2012 Abstract: This paper examines Digital Harlem and what it reveals about the kind of place Harlem was in the 1920s. The site employs a database

The Company’s Voice in the Workplace

“The Company’s Voice in the Workplace: Labor Spies, Propaganda, and Personnel Management, 1918-1920,” presented at the Department of History Research Seminar, March 19, 2012. Abstract: From the late nineteenth century until the 1930s, American employers hired private detectives to go

The Company’s Voice in the Workplace

“The Company’s Voice in the Workplace: Labor Spies, Propaganda, and Personnel Management, 1918-1920,” presented at the Department of History Research Seminar, March 19, 2012. Abstract: From the late nineteenth century until the 1930s, American employers hired private detectives to go