I am a historian of criminal justice in the Jim Crow South. My book, Lethal State (UNC Press, 2019) is a history of the death penalty in North Carolina between the end of the Civil War and the 1980s.
I’m also interested in lynching. My current digital project, A Red Record (named in honor of Ida B. Wells-Barnett), maps and contextualizes lynchings in the former Confederacy.
I’ve also done some oral history and archival collecting projects, including the Civil Rights History Project, supported by the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress, and Media and the Movement, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
I teach courses on bad behavior, including a survey of crime and punishment in America and a history of American wars on drugs and alcohol. I also teach American Studies 202: Historical Approaches to American Studies, Digital American Studies, and the Digital Humanities Practicum.