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Lecturer of Labor Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

I am an historian of the labor and black freedom movements in the 20th century United States, and an historian of the FBI's domestic intelligence programs that targeted the black freedom movement from the 1910s-1970s.

I am co-editor of the book Black Power at Work: Community Control, Affirmative Action, and the Construction Industry (Cornell Press, 2010); co-founder of the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project (; and am currently working on creating a digital history project of FBI files on the Black Freedom Movement, called the FBI and Civil Rights History Project.

I teach Labor Studies at UCLA, and U.S. History and Labor Studies at CSU Dominguez Hills. I am also Co-President, Chair of Organizing for the California Faculty Association's CSUDH chapter, and a Delegate to the Board of University Council-American Federation of Teachers Local 1990.


  • 2017–present
    Part-Time Lecturer, Labor Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2020–present
    Lecturer, U.S. History, University of California, Irvine
  • 2013–2015
    Lecturer, U.S. History and Labor Studies, University of Washington, Bothell
  • 2011–2013
    Visiting Faculty, U.S. History and Social Movements, The Evergreen State College


  • 2011 
    University of Washington, PhD


  • 2010
    Black Power at Work: Affirmative Action, Community Control, and the Construction Industry, Cornell University Press

Professional Memberships

  • Labor and Working Class HIstory Association
  • Organization of American Historians