I am Assistant Professor of History at Rochester Institute of Technology and Program Director of Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, and the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing & Information Sciences. My book, Mobilizing New York: AIDS, Antipoverty, and Feminist Activism, examines the history and legacy of three path-breaking social movements in New York City from the 1950s through the 1990s. I conducted more than fifty oral history interviews while researching this book; I also draw on organizational and personal archives, newspapers, films, posters, and photographs to bring these stories of activism to life.
My research interests include modern U.S. history, women’s and gender history, public history, and digital humanities. At RIT, I teach courses in U.S. History Since 1945; U.S. Women's and Gender History; The History of the Family in the U.S.; Oral History; and Research Methods. I train undergraduate students to conduct oral history and archival research for digital and public history projects, including TransRochester Speaks and Monroe County Family Farms, which received a New York State Humanities Council Director's grant.
I grew up in Andover, Massachusetts and studied history and journalism at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I received my PhD in history at the University of Michigan and was Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in U.S. History at Cornell University before joining the faculty at RIT, where I am also affiliated with the Museum Studies and Women's and Gender Studies programs. I live with my husband, Lars, and our daughter, Sabina, in Rochester, New York.