The complex social and political landscape that developed in Southern California in the 20th century drives my historical interests. As a historian, I try to unpack the relationships between elaborate festivities, pervasive racism, booming industry, and titillating fantasy that continue to shape Southern California. As a public historian, I use local history as an entry point to engage Californians in conversations about their community's history and the issues they face today. Overall, my professional aim as an academic historian and public historian is to balance working with local marginalized communities, while also situating these local events within larger national and international historical contexts.
Public History, 20th Century U.S History, Visual Culture