My work focuses on mediated communication and its influence on political and cultural change across time. I am particularly interested in political journalism in both historical and contemporary settings.
My book – "Newspaper Wars: Civil Rights and White Resistance in South Carolina, 1935-1965" – was published by the University of Illinois Press in September 2017. It argues that the black and white press played a larger role in the transformation of Deep South politics in the mid-twentieth century than had been previously assumed.
My interest in political journalism grew out of personal experience. I spent more than two decades as a professional journalist covering political contests in the United States and abroad. During that time, I came to realize that journalists and their publics increasingly disagreed about the role journalism has played – and should play – in civic life. As a historian and a media researcher, I hope to engage in the scholarly conversation about an issue that is central to a democratic society.