Research Interests

Broadly speaking, my research examines how individual identities, regional perspectives, and institutional structures have shaped cultural production from about 1900 onward.

As I continue to develop this site look for a synopsis of my the manuscript I am revising for book publication. The information posted below highlights my most recently completed projects.

  • “Our Time to Shine: The 1928 Republican National Convention and Kansas City’s Rising Regional Profile.” Wide Open Town: Kansas City during the Pendergast Era, edited by John Herron and Diane Mutti-Burke, University of Kansas Press, Fall 2018. A version of my contribution also appears on “The Pendergast Years” website produced by the Kansas City Public Library. The full-text is available at
  •  “The Unrepentant Outsider: Emanuel Haldeman-Julius and the Creation of a Nationwide Audience,” The American Midwest in a Scattering Time: How Modernism Met Midwestern Culture, volume editor Sara Kosiba; part of Rediscovering the American Midwest series, edited by Jon Lauck and Patricia Orman, Hastings, NE: Hasting College Press, expected publication Fall 2017. My contribution the business practices and capitalistic vision of Emanuel Haldeman-Julius epitomized the increasingly diverse public sphere and nationalized consumer marketplace developing during the early twentieth century.
  • “I’m Listening: Analyzing and Interpreting the Masculine Example of Frasier Crane,” Screening Images of American Masculinity in the Age of Postfeminism, edited by Elizabeth Abele and John Gronbeck-Tedesco, New York: Lexington Books, December 2015. Shameless plug – My contribution examined the relationship between Frasier Crane and the empowered female characters on the sitcom Frasier. I argue that the personal and professional foibles of Crane, particularly his struggle to find a suitable romantic partner, demonstrate an inability to reconcile traditional manhood with contemporary realities.