My goal as a professional historian is to make history relevant and accessible to public audiences. By telling complex stories in an engaging way, I seek to help people make connections between past and present. My areas of expertise include Baltimore history, American Jewish studies, urban history and public policy, technology and society, and immigration studies.
My articles and essays about American Jewish history, urban affairs, and other topics have appeared in a variety of publications, from popular magazines to academic journals. I have lectured and given presentations at public events and academic conferences in Baltimore and beyond.
As the Research Historian at the Jewish Museum of Maryland from 2002 to 2013, I co-curated the museum’s two core exhibitions (both still on display), co-edited large-scale exhibition catalogs, and served as managing editor of the biannual magazine. I also helped hundreds of people to research and uncover their family histories as coordinator of the museum’s Family History Center.
I earned a Ph.D. in history from West Virginia University and a B.A. in American Studies from Grinnell College. I have taught public history and American Jewish history as an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Johns Hopkins University.
Before becoming an historian, I worked in the community development field in Chicago as an organizer, editor, and researcher/writer. I continue to consult with organizations that address community issues, public policy, and urban affairs. My other community activities include volunteering with Baltimore Community Mediation, Friends of Herring Run Parks, and Montebello School.
If you’re looking for help with your research project, exhibit or publication, contact me!