I grew up and attended the public schools in Mt. Vernon, N.Y. I studied cultural anthropology at the University of Chicago and received a PhD in the history of education (NYU) in 2002. Since teaching at Emory and Henry College in Virginia (2003-2006), I have published on such topics as intercollegiate debate and the culture of the PTA. In 2015, I started a blog, Through the Hourglass, focused on American history with a little personal history thrown in.
Current research areas:
William Edward Sanford Fales (1851-1906), Brooklyn attorney, social observer, political reformer, bon vivant and more -- most especially a frequent visitor to New York City's Chinatown starting in the early 1880s, which circuitously led to his appointment as Vice Consul in Amoy by President Benjamin Harrison. He published widely in journals and newspapers: poetry, essays, non-fiction.
Henry Collins Brown (1862-1961), founder of the Museum of the City of New York, who was an early popularizer of the city's history and lore. Soon after establishing the museum, he was bumped from the position of director and suffered a nervous breakdown.