I am the chair of the History Department at the University of Memphis, where I have taught courses on the civil rights movement, the modern United States, and the history of American sports, as well as survey courses on African American History and the United States since 1877. Before starting as chair, I was the director of the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities. Along with Randy Roberts, I am the editor of the “Sport and Society” series published by the University of Illinois Press.
I hope that this website provides not only an introduction to my books, but also some additional insight into them. Each book page includes a short essay that explains some aspect of how I came to write it, as well as a list of questions that might be useful for stimulating discussions or writing projects.
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