TEACHING, RESEARCH, AND ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS
Associate Professor of History, 2007-present; J.J. McComb Chair of History, 2013-2016
Assistant Professor of History, 2000-2007
Director, Environmental Studies and Sciences Program, 2010-2012; Spring 2013
Director, Environmental Studies Program, 2009-2010
Associate Director, Environmental Program, 2008-2009
Yale University, Beinecke Library
Edith and Richard French Fellow Fall 2014
Columbia University Institute for Scholars at Reid Hall in Paris
Fellow-in-Residence, Fall 2007
Recipient, Rhodes College Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Research, 2011
Named as a “Top Young Historian” by History News Network, 2007
Charles R. Bailey Memorial Prize for Best Article, New York State Association of European Historians, 2002
University of Rochester, Doctor of Philosophy in History, May 1999; Adviser: Alice L. Conklin
Fields: Modern Europe, Early Modern Europe, European Imperialism and Colonialism
Vanderbilt University, Bachelor of Science in History, summa cum laude, High Honors in History, May 1993
Books in Print:
The Underground Reader: Sources in the Trans-Atlantic Counterculture, co-editor with Robert Francis Saxe (Berghahn Books, 2015).
The Thinking Space: The Café as a Cultural Institution in Paris, Italy, and Vienna, contributor and co-editor with Leona Rittner and W. Scott Haine (Ashgate Press, 2013).
Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
· This book was reviewed in the New York Times and was selected as a New York Times Editors’ Choice. It was also reviewed in the (London) Times Literary Supplement, London Review of Books, the Washington Post, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Financial Times, the Memphis Flyer, the (Nashville) City Paper, and was discussed in articles in the Guardian, the (Memphis) Commercial Appeal, Folha de Sao Paulo, Chapter16.org (TN Humanities Council), and Bookpage.com, among others.
· A website, www.ParisUnderWater.com, accompanies and extends this book by providing additional imagery of the 1910 flood.
Music and History: Bridging the Disciplines, contributor and co-editor with Stanley C. Pelkey (University Press of Mississippi, 2005).
Making Jazz French: Music and Modern Life in Interwar Paris (Duke University Press, 2003).
- This book is now in its second printing and was a finalist for an award for Best Research in Recorded Jazz from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, 2004.
- Portions of Making Jazz French have been reprinted in:
- Carl J. Guarneri, ed., America Compared: American History in International Perspective, 2nd edition (2005).
- Humanities: The Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities (March/April, 2005).
Journal Special Issues In Print:
Special issue of French Historical Studies on “Disaster in French History,” co-editor with Elinor Accampo (Volume 36, Number 2, Spring 2013).
Peer-Reviewed Articles in Print and Forthcoming:
“Narratives of Disaster and Recovery in the 1910 Paris Flood,” in Monica Juneja, Gerrit Jasper Schenk, eds., Disaster as Image: Iconographies and Media Strategies Across Europe and Asia (Regensburg: Schnell + Steiner, 2014).
“Jazz, Race, and Literary Communities in 1920s Parisian Cafés,” in Leona Rittner, Scott Haine, and Jeffrey H. Jackson, eds., The Thinking Space: The Café as a Cultural Institution in Paris, Italy, and Vienna (Ashgate Press, 2013).
“Envisioning Disaster in the 1910 Paris Flood,” Journal of Urban History (March 2011).
“Solidarism in the City Streets: La Société protectrice contre les excès de l’automobilisme and the Problem of Traffic in Early Twentieth Century Paris,” French Cultural Studies 20 (Fall 2009).
“Artistic Community and Urban Development in 1920s Montmartre,” French Politics, Culture, and Society 24 (Summer 2006).
“Making Jazz French: The Reception of Jazz Music in Paris, 1927-1934,” French Historical Studies 25 (Winter 2002). This article won the 2002 Charles R. Bailey Memorial Prize for Best Article from the New York State Association of European Historians. It is also reprinted in Tony Whyton, ed., Jazz (The Library of Essays on Popular Music series), (Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2011).
“Music-Halls and the Assimilation of Jazz in 1920s Paris,” Journal of Popular Culture 32 (Fall 2000).
“Making Enemies: Jazz in Interwar Paris,” French Cultural Studies 10 (June 1999).
“Work Should Be More Like a Café,” co-authored with W. Scott Haine, www.WondersAndMarvels.com, posted October 2, 2013. http://www.wondersandmarvels.com/2013/10/work-should-be-more-like-a-cafe.html
“The Power of Community: Parisians Save Their City in the 1910 Flood,” The Water Leader (April 2012): 6-7.
“Common Purpose Always Unites People After Disaster,” The Tennessean, May 17, 2010.
“Public Spirit Revives Great Cities,” New Orleans Times-Picayune, August 29, 2009 (co-authored with Robert Edgecombe).
“Bandy Center Books Chronicle Paris Flood,” Acorn Chronicle (Fall 2008).
“Making Jazz French: How Parisians Came to Appreciate the Sounds of America’s Music,” Rhodes: The Magazine of Rhodes College (Fall 2004).
Articles in Preparation:
“John Sloan, Marcel Duchamp, and Trans-Atlantic Bohemianism,” with Ellen K. Daugherty ( in preparation for American Art).
Book and Film Reviews:
Review of Andy Fry, Paris Blues: African-American Music and French Popular Culture, 1920-1960, (forthcoming in American Historical Review, June 2015).
Review of Jeremy F. Lane, Jazz and Machine-Age Imperialism: Music, “Race,” and Intellectuals in France, 1918-1945 Journal of Modern History 87 (June 2015).
Review of Keith Reader, The Place de la Bastille: The Story of a Quartier in French Politics, Culture, and Society 31 (Summer 2013).
Review of Esi Edugyan, Half-Blood Blues for Fiction and Film for French Historians: A Cultural Bulletin, October 2012. http://h-france.net/fffh/the-buzz/vichy-france-from-the-margins-half-blood-blues/
Review of Jennifer Anne Boittin, Colonial Metropolis: The Urban Grounds of Anti-Imperialism and Feminism in Interwar France, in American Historical Review, December 2011.
Review of Midnight in Paris (dir. Woody Allen, 2010) for Fiction and Film for French Historians: A Cultural Bulletin, November 2011, http://www.historianhouse.us/FlimFiction/the-buzz-issue2-2.
Review of Jann Pasler, Composing the Citizen: Music and Public Utility in Third Republic France, H-France Forum, Society for French Historical Studies, Spring 2010.
Review of Peter Fritzsche, Life and Death in the Third Reich in Shofar 28, Spring 2010.
Review of Dudley Andrew and Steven Ungar, Popular Front Paris and the Poetics of Culture in Other Voices 4 (March 2010) (http://www.othervoices.org/4.1/jjackson/)
Review of Vanessa Schwartz, It’s So French! Hollywood, Paris, and the Making of Cosmopolitan Film Culture in American Historical Review, October 2008.
Review of Richard Ivan Jobs, Riding the New Wave: Youth and the Regeneration of France After the Second World War in Journal of Social History, Summer 2008.
Review of Mary E. Davis, Erik Satie in Modernism/Modernity, April 2008.
Review of Laura Lee Downs and Stéphane Gerson, Why France?: American Historians Reflect on an Enduring Fascination in Modern and Contemporary France, November 2007.
Review of Sally Debra Charnow, Theatre, Politics, and Markets in Fin-de-Siècle France: Staging Modernity for H-France Listserve (Society for French Historical Studies), June 2006.
Review of Michael Dregni, Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend in French Politics, Culture, and Society 23, Winter 2005.
Review of E. Taylor Atkins, ed., Jazz Planet in Canadian Journal of History 39, August 2004.
“Jazz, Historians, and National Identity in Europe,” Book Review of Uta G. Poiger, Jazz, Rock, and Rebels: Cold War Politics and American Culture in a Divided Germany, in Current Musicology 71-73, Spring 2001-Spring 2002.
“African-Americans and the French Imagination,” Book Review Essay in Modern and Contemporary France, August 2000.
Book Reviews for Choice
Review of Leif Jerram, Streetlife: The Untold History of Europe’s Twentieth Century (forthcoming in Choice).
Review of Dewar MacLeod, Kids of the Black Hole: Punk Rock in Postsuburban California, Choice, August 2011.
Review of Joel E. Vessels, Drawing France: French Comics and the Republic in Choice, February 2011.
Review of Rosemary Wakeman, The Heroic City: Paris, 1945-1958, in Choice, September 2010.
Review of Frederic Spotts, The Shameful Peace: How French Artists and Intellectuals Survived the Nazi Occupation in Choice, January 2010.
Review of Richard Dennis, Cities in Modernity: Representations and Productions of Metropolitan Space, 1840-1930,in Choice, May 2009.
Review of Hilary Kaiser, French War Brides in America: An Oral History in Choice, September 2008.
Review of Jack Hayward, Fragmented France: Two Centuries of Disputed Identity in Choice, April 2008.
CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS
“Claude Cahun, Marcel Moore, and the Queer Politics of Resisting the Nazis,” Society for French Historical Studies Conference, Colorado Springs, April 2015.
“Disaster Photography and Historical Memory,” American Society for Environmental History, San Francisco, CA, March 2014.
Participant, Roundtable Discussion, “The Challenge of Studying Music and History Together,” American Historical Association, Washington, DC, January 2014.
Commentator, “The History of Disasters: New Global Approaches,” American Historical Association, Washington, DC, January 2014.
Participant, Roundtable Discussion, “For Whom Do We Write?” Society for French Historical Studies Conference, Cambridge, MA, April 2013.
Organizer and Chair, Roundtable Discussion, “Environmental History in France,” Society for French Historical Studies Conference, Los Angeles, CA, March 2012.
“Narratives of Destruction and Recovery in the 1910 Paris Flood,” Images of Disaster Conference, University of Heidelberg (Germany), March 2012.
Participant, “Intellectuals Abroad: Cross-National Influences of Dispersal During World War II and Beyond,” Paper Titled: “Django on the Spiral,” Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Cluster Grant for Faculty Workshop and Career Enhancement (FCE), May 2011.
“Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910,” Poster presentation, American Historical Association, January 2010.
“Contested Memories of the Commune and the Dreyfus Affair During the 1910 Paris Flood,” Western Society for French History Conference, Boulder, CO, October 2009.
“Walking in the Flooded City: The Limits of Flânerie in the 1910 Paris Flood,” Society for French Historical Studies Conference, St. Louis, MO, March 2009.
“Photographing Modernity in the 1910 Paris Flood,” Society for French Historical Studies Conference, New Brunswick, New Jersey, April 2008.
“Picturing Paris Under Water: The Visual Culture of the 1910 Paris Flood,” Society for the Anthropology of North America Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 2007.
“Regulating Movement in the Modern City: Parisian Traffic in the Early 1900s,” Southern Historical Association Conference, Memphis, TN, November 2004.
Comment on panel, “Double Crossings: National Identity and the French Reception of Music, Psychoanalysis, and Art.” American Historical Association Conference, Washington, DC, January 2004.
“Memories of Montmartre in a Changing City, 1920-1925.” Cultural Memory in France: Margins and Centers, Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, October, 2003.
“Artists, Community, and City Life in 1920s Paris.” Tennessee Conference of Historians, Nashville, TN, September 2003.
“Translating Jazz Into French: Musicians, Labor, and the Emerging Jazz Community in 1930s Paris.” Society for French Historical Studies Conference, Washington DC, March 1999.
“Jazz and Nostalgia: Making a French Jazz Culture, 1918-1940.” Western Society for French History Conference, Boston, MA, November 1998.
“Making Enemies: Taxes, Labor, and the Marketplace for Jazz in France, 1918-1940.” New York State Association of European Historians Conference, Geneseo, NY, September 1998.
“Jazz as a World Music.” Propaganda and Empire in France Conference, Francophone Area Studies Research Group, University of Portsmouth, London, UK, September 1997.
“‘Real’ Jazz, Blackness, and the Culture of the Machine: Hugues Panassié and the Search for Interwar French Identity.” New York State Association of European Historians Conference, West Point, NY, September 1996.
“Claude Cahun, Marcel Moore, and the Queer Politics of Resisting the Nazis,” Invited talk at Rhodes College, December 2014.
“Paris Under Water,” Invited talk for Alliance Française de Memphis, Memphis, TN, October 2012.
“Paris Under Water,” Invited talk for Bankwitz Lecture Series, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, October 2012.
“Photographic Narratives of Destruction and Recovery in the 1910 Paris Flood,” Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich, Germany, February 2012.
“Paris Under Water,” Invited talk, Hong Kong University, October 2011.
“Paris Under Water,” Invited talk, Lingnan University (Hong Kong), October 2011.
Panelist, “A Conversation: The Paris Cultural Scene, 1910-1920,” Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (with Jeffrey H. Jackson, Alex Ross, Joan Acocella, Michael Taylor, and Alasdair Nichol), April 2011.
“Paris Under Water,” Invited talk, Alliance Française, Jackson MS, March 2011.
“Paris Under Water,” Invited talk, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, November 2010.
“Paris Under Water,” Invited talk, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, November 2010.
“Paris Under Water,” Invited talk and Participant in “Authors in the Round Dinner,” Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, TN, October 2010.
“Paris Under Water,” Invited talk, American University, Washington, DC, October 2010.
“Paris Under Water,” Invited talk for Neilly Lecture Series, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, September 2010.
“Paris Under Water,” Invited talk, Bates College, Lewiston, ME, April 8, 2010.
“Paris Under Water,” Invited talk, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, March 30, 2010.
Invited speaker, Alliance Française Gala, New Orleans, LA, March 27, 2010.
Invited speaker, The Historic New Orleans Collection, New Orleans, LA, March 27, 2010.
“Paris Under Water,” Invited talk, Institute for French Studies/La Maison Française, New York University, February 3, 2010.
Invited talk and Panel discussion participant for exhibition on 1910 flood, Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris, January 29, 2010.
“Paris Under Water,” Invited talk, American University of Paris, January 28, 2010.
“Paris Under Water: Seeing the Flood of 1910,” Invited talk, University College London, January 27, 2010.
“Paris Under Water,” Invited talk and roundtable discussion, Vanderbilt University, January 21, 2010.
“Paris Under Water: Visual Narratives of the 1910 Flood,” Presentation to the Columbia University Institute for Scholars at Reid Hall, Paris, October 2007.
Invited talk on Making Jazz French at American University in Paris, November 2007.
Two invited presentations at Wesleyan College, Macon, GA on Making Jazz French, November 2003.
“Making Jazz French.” Invited Talk, Department of History Seminar, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, October 2000.
TEACHING AT RHODES COLLEGE
Nature, History, and Disaster
First Year Writing Seminar: Coffeehouses, Cafés, and Public Spaces
Nineteenth Century Europe
Twentieth Century Europe
Revolutions 1968/1989 in Europe
Europe Since 1945
Paris: Myth and Reality (co-taught with a member of French department)
The French Revolution
Bohemians, Beats, and Hippies: Culture and Counterculture in Europe and the US
Americans in Paris
Art and Politics Between the Wars
The Historian’s Craft: Methods and Approaches in the Study of History
History Senior Seminar
Environmental Studies and Sciences Senior Seminar
Search for Values in the Light of Western History and Religion
A “great books” course examining the Western intellectual and religious tradition
Student Advising (First-year students and History majors)
Director of Honors Research project situating the work of Lewis Mumford and Jane Jacobs in the context of urban planning and development in post-WWII America
Director of Honors Research project on French Colonialism in North Africa
Director of an Independent Study on Comparative Urban History
Director of an Independent Study on the French Revolution
Director of an Independent Study on Mass Culture in Transatlantic Perspective
Director of an Independent Study on the English Reformation and the Anglican Communion
Director of an Independent Study on French Colonialism
Director of six Research Assistantships for History majors
Director of Research Assistantship for an Art History major
Director of Research Assistantship for an English major/History minor
Tutorial version of “Paris: Myth and Reality”
Second reader for Senior Thesis in Theatre department on Italian mafia in theater history
ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY
Editorial and Peer-Review
Editorial Board Member, French Historical Studies, 2013-2016.
Founding Co-Editor, Music in Society and Culture Series for Boydell and Brewer Press (2008-2013)
Books in this Series:
• Barbara Eichner, History in Mighty Sounds: Musical Constructions of German National Identity (2012)
• Barbara L. Kelly, Music and Ultra-Modernism in France: A Fragile Consensus, 1913-1939 (2013)
External Reviewer for Ph.D. dissertation, Department of French, University of Newcastle, Australia, 2012
External Reviewer for Tenure and Promotion Review, University of Indiana-Northwest
External Reviewer for Third Year Review, Rochester Institute of Technology
Peer reviewer for Rashida Braggs, Jazz Disaporas: Race, Music, and Exile in Post-World War II Paris for University of California Press
Peer reviewer for Alexia M. Yates, Selling Paris: The Real Estate Market and Commercial Culture in the Fin-de-siècle Capital for Harvard University Press
Peer reviewer for Brooke Blower, Becoming Americans in Paris: Transatlantic Politics and Culture between the World Wars for Oxford University Press
Peer reviewer for Charles Rearick, Paris Dream, Paris Memories: The City and Its Mystique for Stanford University Press
Peer reviewer for Twentieth Century Europe: Sources and Perspectives from History for Longman Publishers
Peer reviewer for Bonnie Smith, Europe in the Contemporary World, 1900 to the Present for Bedford/St. Martin’s Press
Peer reviewer of book proposal and manuscript, Tom Perchard, Jazz After Django: Making Jazz in Postwar France for University of Michigan Press
Peer reviewer of book manuscript, Jonathyne Briggs, Sounds French for Oxford University Press
Peer reviewer for article in Atlantic Studies special issue on “New Currents in French and Francophone Atlantic Studies”
Peer reviewer for articles in French Historical Studies
Peer reviewer for article in Journal of the Royal Music Association
Peer reviewer for article in French Politics, Culture, and Society
Peer reviewer for article in Journal of the History of Sexuality
External reviewer for grant submitted to Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Production Editor, H-France Book Reviews (2008-2010)
Regular Book Reviewer for Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries
Consulting and Task Forces
Outcomes Based Approaches Consultant, Department of History and Division of Arts, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, October 2011.
Member of Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities, Program Advisory Board, University of Memphis, 2010-present.
Consultant for documentary film “Harlem in Montmartre: A Paris Jazz Story” co-produced by WNET-TV New York for PBS series Great Performances (this program also aired on Arte in France).
Consultant for Center for Educational Policy Research Center to develop assessment tool for AP courses
Member of Global Partners Project, Regional Alliance Task Force for France, Associated Colleges of the South (2004-2007).
Guest on “Counterpoint,” WUMR Radio discussing Paris Under Water.
Guest on “The Leonard Lopate Show,” WNYC Radio discussing Paris Under Water.
Guest on “Costing the Earth,” BBC4 Radio discussing Paris Under Water.
Guest on “Book Talk,” WYPL Radio, discussing Paris Under Water.
On-camera interview by WREG-TV, Memphis and WWL-TV, New Orleans discussing Paris Under Water.
On-camera interview for documentary film “Harlem in Montmartre: A Paris Jazz Story” co-produced by WNET-TV New York for PBS series Great Performances (this program also aired on Arte in France).
Guest on WCPN-FM in Cleveland, OH for “Jazz Tracks” discussing connections between France and the US in jazz.
Edith and Richard French Fellowship, Yale University Beinecke Library ($4000), Fall 2014
Spence Wilson International Travel Grant, Rhodes College ($2500), 2007
Faculty Development Endowment Grants ($5000), Rhodes College, Summer 2002, Summer 2004, Summer 2006, Summer 2009
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend ($5000), 2000
Grant from the Sinfonia Foundation ($900), 2000
Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant, American Historical Association ($2000), 1999
Department Fellowship, Department of History, University of Rochester, 1994-1998
ADDITIONAL PRIZES AND HONORS
Included in Contemporary Authors, 2010.
Dexter Perkins Prize, Department of History, University of Rochester, 1998
Sanford Elwitt Memorial Prize, Department of History, University of Rochester, 1997
Salamone Prize, Department of History, University of Rochester, 1996
COLLEGE-WIDE AND DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE
Departmental Search Committees
One Year Position in Atlantic World History (2010-2011; search committee chair)
One Year Position in Latin American History (2008-09)
Mellon Foundation Environmental Studies Post-Doctoral Fellow (2008)
Tenure Track Position in Islamic World (Middle East/Africa) History (2006-07)
One Year Position in Non-US History (2006)
Tenure Track Position in Twentieth Century US History (2004-05)
One Year Position in Latin American History (2002-03)
Hearst Minority Fellow (2001)
Student Advising (2001-present)
Tenure and Promotion Committee (2011-2012)
Search Committee Member, Spence Wilson Chair in Interdisciplinary Humanities (2008-09; 2010-2011)
Search Committee Member, Department of Anthropology/Sociology (Environmental Studies) (2010-2011)
Search Committee Member, Department of Economics (Environmental Studies) (2010-2011)
Member of Communities in Conversation Programming Advisory Committee (2012-present)
Member of Foundations Curriculum Committee (2008-2011; chair 2009-10)
Member of Faculty Development Committee (2002-2005)
Liaison to Watson Foundation Fellowship (2009-10)
Search Committee for French section of Department of Modern Languages and Literature (2008-09)
Member of Bellingrath Scholarship Committee (2006)
Faculty Liaison to Search Committee for Assistant Director of Career Services (2004)
Phi Alpha Theta adviser (2004-2007; 2008-2009)
Editor, History Department Newsletter (2001-2005)