I am Teaching Fellow in American History at the University of Edinburgh, where I lead a number of courses on African American civil rights, the American South, and the 1960s more generally. My main areas of research are centred on history and memory, and in particular the way in which the African American freedom struggle has been presented in Hollywood cinema. I am working on a book entitled Southern by the Grace of God: Race, Religion, and Civil Rights in Hollywood's South, having previously published work on The Help, Selma, and Mississippi Burning.
I have also conducted research into how Martin Luther King, Jr. is portrayed in UK schools, and the growing momentum for meaningful educational reform around the teaching of Black history. I sit on the steering Committee for Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS) and the Women in American Studies Network (WASN).