was raised in a suburb of New York City, the first member of his family born outside of the city of Chicago. He attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, where he majored in philosophy (and anti-apartheid activism). He got his MA in History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and his Ph.D in American History at the University of Pennsylvania in 2000. After serving as an Assistant Professor of History at Gonzaga University for a few years, he returned East to teach at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He teaches classes on 20th century American History, race relations, cities, the Sixties, and the Vietnam War. He has been the Academic Director of the New Bedford Clemente Course in the Humanities
since 2005, and served in the same capacity in Spokane, WA a few years earlier. University of Chicago Press will publish his book Saul Alinsky and the Dilemma of Race in the Post-war City
in 2008. It examines the efforts of community organizer Saul Alinsky to understand and break down racial segregation in Chicago from 1940 to 1970. In 2005, he and his father (an economist) co-wrote Social Security and the Middle Class Squeeze
, which was published by Praeger. He lives in Providence, with his wife, two little kids, and his dog.