About

ABOUT

I am a PhD Candidate at Northeastern University, having entered in Fall 2015 and passed my comprehensive exams in July 2017. I am scheduled to defend my dissertation sometime in Spring 2020.

For the 2019-2020 term, I am serving as a Welfare Officer of the Northeastern University History Graduate Student Association. I have previously served as the President and Secretary of the organization in past years.

Within the World History paradigm, I specialize in International Sports History, with secondary fields in US Urban History and US Social Movements within an international context. At this point, I have come to accept I am a Labor Historian as well.

My dissertation is entitled “Strikes and Strikeouts: Building An Anti-Racist, Anti-Fascist Working Class Sports Culture From Below in the United States, 1918-1950.” My dissertation will expose the hidden history of how left-wing activists in the United States engaged with sports as a participatory activity for building organizational strength, morale, and outreach/influence over potential members and allies.  I argue that sports programs were an essential part of successful leftwing socialist and labor organizing during the interwar period in the United States. I look at Communist Party and Socialist Party sports programs, and the growth of left-led unions in the labor sports movement, such as the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, the United Autoworkers, the United Electrical Workers, and other unions, as well as New York City labor athletics federations led by leftists that agitated for sporting culture from below built for working class people of all genders and races. I compare those programs to European-centered Worker Sport federations and make international connections between the two traditions, arguing that sports were a cornerstone of building an anti-fascist, anti-racist, working class counter-culture.

I have taught Social & Cultural History of Baseball at Temple University as an adjunct, and as a graduate instructor I have taught Intro to US History twice, and History of Today as an online course.

I founded the Breaking History podcast, a project of Northeastern University History Graduate Association.

I am from Philadelphia, PA, and have participated in a variety of radical and labor related organizing projects. I enjoy spending time with my partner, Kate, and my dog, Summer, and my cat Isaac. I also enjoy attending baseball games, listening to music like punk rock and jazz, and podcasts. I am a lifelong Star Trek fan.