"When and why do social movements coalesce to produce dramatic change? How are social movements institutionalized and what is gained and lost in that process? What happens in their aftermath? These are questions that animate my scholarship and teaching. My research encompasses African American history, urban and gender studies, and globalization. I'm revising a manuscript on the relationship between the Black Freedom Movement, community economic development, and urban neoliberalism since the 1960s."
The Fixers: Devolution, Development, and Civil Society in Newark, 1960-1990. University of Chicago Press, 2016.
The Business of Black Power: Corporate Responsibility, Community Development, and Capitalism in Post-War America, edited by Laura Warren Hill and Julia Rabig, University of Rochester Press, 2012
"An Explosion in the 'Laboratory of Democracy,' " Black Power at Work, edited by David Goldberg and Trevor Griffey, Cornell University Press, 2010.
"What's the Matter with Newark?" Shelterforce, Journal of the National Housing Institute, Fall 2008.