As a theater historian, my research focuses on the history of race and integration on the American stage in the mid-20th Century. I am interested in how, in the decades leading up to the dramatic changes of the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Power Movement (roughly, 1920s-early 1960s), artists used theater and performance to advocate for racial justice and promote interracial collaboration, dialogue, and understanding.
The American Negro Theatre and the Long Civil Rights EraUniversity of Iowa Press, 2018
Experiments in Democracy:
Interracial and Cross-Cultural Exchange in American Theatre, 1912-1945
Scholarly anthology (co-edited with Cheryl Black) that examines how US artists fostered interracial collaboration and socialization on stage, behind the scenes, and among audiences.