Associate Professor of English
Director, ALANA U.S. Ethnic Studies Program
Old Mill Annex 502A
B.A. Harvard College, 1982
M.A. University of Pennsylvania (American Civilization), 1986
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania (American Civilization), 1993
Race and Ethnicity in Literary/Cultural Studies
Jazz, Literature, and the Cultural Imagination
Black Popular Culture
Blood of My Blood: Imagining the Italian-American Family
Whiteness of a Different Color: Italian-Americans and Race
"Hipsters, Bluebloods, Rebels, and Hooligans: The Cultural Politics
of the Newport Jazz Festival, 1954-1960," in UPTOWN
CONVERSATIONS: NEW ESSAYS IN JAZZ STUDIES, eds. Robert O'Meally,
Brent Edwards, and Farah Jasmine Griffin (Columbia University Press,
"Miles Davis and the Jazz Critics," in MILES DAVIS AND AMERICAN CULTURE, ed. Gerald Early (St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society Press, 2001).
"Giancarlo Guisseppe Alessandro Esposito: Life in the Borderlands," in ARE ITALIANS WHITE? HOW RACE IS MADE IN AMERICA, ed. Jennifer Guglielmo (New York and London: Routledge, 2003).
"Mammissimo: Dolly and Frankie Sinatra and the Italian-American Mother/Son Thing," in FRANK SINATRA: HISTORY, POLITICS, AND ITALIAN AMERICAN CULTURE, ed. Stanislao Pugliese (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003)
Bridging the Two Americas: LIFE Looks at the 1960s," in LOOKING AT LIFE: CRITICAL ESSAYS ON AMERICA'S FAVORITE MAGAZINE, ed. Erika Doss (Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001)
"Passing for Italian: Crooners and Gangsters in Crossover Culture," TRANSITION 72 (Fall 1997).
"Pulp Addiction: Tracking the Bird Obsession in Ross Russell's THE SOUND," BRILLIANT CORNERS 2 (December 1997).
"Slumming in High Places: Albert Murray's Intercontinental Ballistics," BRILLIANT CORNERS 1 (1996).
"A Weapon of Integration: Frank Marshall Davis and the Politics of Jazz," THE LANGSTON HUGHES REVIEW 14 (Spring 1996).
"Jazz Criticism: Its Development and Ideologies," BLACK AMERICAN LITERATURE FORUM 25 (Fall 1991)
PRIMARY FIELDS OF RESEARCH:
Jazz Cultural Studies
Italian American Studies
Race and Ethnic Studies
Popular Culture and the Expressive Arts
U.S. Cultural History