Selected CV


Ph.D. / LSU / 2003

M.A. / LSU / 1998

B.A. / Baylor / 1996


Associate Professor with Tenure, Stephen F. Austin State University, Department of History



Cuttin’ Up: How Early Jazz Got America’s Ear, University Press of Kansas, 2009; Paperback Edition, 2012

Academic Articles and Book Chapters:

“‘Now Your Soul is in Lake Charles’: The Louisiana Motif and the Music of Lucinda Williams.” In Mary Farmer-Kaiser and Shannon Frystak, eds., Louisiana Women: Their Lives and Times, Volume Two, University of Georgia Press, 2016, 239-253

“‘All of My Maps Have Been Overthrown’: Wilco and the Politics of Identity in Modern American Culture.” In Martin Butler, Patrick Mosbach, and Arvi Sepp, eds., Sonic Fabric, WVT, 2009: 299-315

“‘A Lamp is Burning in All Our Dark’: Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and the Promise of America.” In Colleen Sheehy and Thom Swiss, eds., Highway 61 Revisited: Bob Dylan’s Road From Minnesota to the World, The University of Minnesota Press, 2009: 39-43

“‘The Most Man in the World’: Nathan Bedford Forrest and the Cult of Masculinity in the South.” In Trent Watts, ed., White Masculinity in the Recent South, Louisiana State University Press, 2008: 172-185

 “New Orleans and the Creation of Early Jazz,” Popular Music & Society, Vol. 29, no. 3 (July 2006): 301-316

“The Contested Image of Nathan Bedford Forrest,” Journal of Southern History, Vol. LXVII, no. 3 (Aug. 2001): 601-630


Louisiana Women: A Discussion,” Louisiana Book Festival, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2016

Salvador não Salvador: Bahia, Brazil, and the American Imagination in the 1940s,” Southwest Council of Latin American Studies, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2016

“Exhuming Forrest: Race and Memory in a Changing South,” University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, 2016

“‘Stomp Off—Let’s Go’: Race, Gender, and the Complicated Narrative of New Orleans Jazz after the Exodus,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2013

“‘Freak Weirdo’: Bob Dylan, Wilco, and the Redefining of Woody Guthrie,” “Woody Guthrie at 100: Woody’s Legacy to Working Men and Women,” Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, 2012

“History as Identity: Race, Music, and the Burden of Consciousness,” Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana, 2011

“‘There Ain’t No One Going to Turn Me Around’: Music, Race, and the Continued Redefinition of Southern Soul after 1968,” Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2010

 “Reconstructing Forrest: Race, Memory, and the Cultural Landscape of the Modern South,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, 2010

“Nathan Bedford Forrest and the Culture of Violence in the Modern South,” 35th Annual Great Lakes Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2010

“‘A Love Supreme’: Music, Spirituality, and the Quest for Civil Rights,” Unity Church, Nacogdoches, TX, 2009

“Reaping Strange Fruit: Grizzly Bear, The Twilight Singers, and the Appropriation of ‘African American’ Music,” Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Annual Meeting, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, 2008

“Broadcasting Modernity: Duke Ellington and the Confluence of Art, Technology, and Commerce,” Sound in the Era of Mechanical Reproduction Symposium, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware, 2007

“Black Los Angeles and the Diffusion of Early Jazz on Film,” Pop Conference at the Experience Music Project, Seattle, Washington, 2007

“‘A Lamp is Burning in All Our Dark’: Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and the Promise of America,” “Highway 61 Revisited: Dylan’s Road from Minnesota to the World,” University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2007.

“‘All of My Maps Have Been Overthrown’: Wilco and the Search for Order in the Modern American Landscape,” Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2007

“From Jim Crow to Jelly Roll: Segregation and the Origins of Jazz in New Orleans,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, 2007

 “Thomas Nast, Bedford Forrest, and the Election of 1868,” American Cultural Association/Popular Cultural Association Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2000