I am a Pittsburgh native, and spent my academic and much of my professional career here. I received my BA in Applied History (now Policy & History) at Carnegie Mellon University in 1991, and my masters in public management from the Heinz College in 2002. I completed my MA in History at Pitt in Spring 2015.
I have worked at a number of nonprofit organizations at the local, regional, and national level, including the Federal Reserve Bank (Pittsburgh Branch), National Community Reinvestment Coalition (Washington, DC), and Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group. For ten years, I was the founding CEO of the Young Preservationists Association, a group that involves young people in the preservation of historic resources. My wife, two kids, and I live in Pittsburgh’s Friendship neighborhood.
My research has focused on studying transatlantic wealth-building strategies in low- and moderate-income and minority communities in post-industrial cities in the United States and France. I am particularly interested in understanding minority community responses to de-industrialization and suburbanization in the 1970s through the 1990s. My work has included the first state-sponsored survey of African American historic resources in Allegheny County (1994, with Larry Glasco and Rob Ruck), numerous analyses of bank mortgage lending trends in Pittsburgh neighborhoods (1994-1996), and the first tourguide of African American historic sites in southwestern Pennsylvania (2010).
Over the course of my twenty-year career, I have spoken at more than 100 venues, including local, regional, and national conferences, workshops, seminars, and in classrooms at the graduate, undergraduate, high school, middle school, and grade school levels. In my capacity as a PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh, I have been a teaching assistant for Western Civilization I and II, and U.S. History 1865-Present (two semesters), History of Sport, Sport and Global Capitalism, and World History.
- “Understanding Paris’ Banlieues,” European Studies Center Newsletter, February 2016.
- MA thesis: “Forging A Consistent Vision: The People, Place, and Race That Shaped Manchester’s Renewal, 1964-2014” (March 2015).
- “An International Perspective on Historic Preservation,” Victorian Society in America’s Alumni Newsletter, Fall 2012.
- The Economic Impact of Historic Preservation in Southwestern Pennsylvania: Jobs that cannot be outsourced. With Stephanie Walsh. Pittsburgh: Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh, 2010.
- “Discover the Legacy: The African American Experience in Southwestern Pennsylvania” historic sites tourguide, 2010.
- “Using Diversity to Re-Frame the Preservation Movement,” for Cross Ties, Rutgers University’s magazine, March 2009.
- Images of America: Neville Island. With Gia Tatone. Arcadia Publishing, 2008.
- “How demographics shape the future of the preservation field,” Forum Journal, published by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Spring 2007.
- “A national legacy soon gone forever: Pittsburgh’s black history is vanishing right before our eyes,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “The Back Page,” February 25, 2007. With Larry Glasco.
- Pittsburgh’s Hill District: Ticking Time Bomb or Developer’s Delight? Redefining Brownfield Risks and Opportunities in one of Pittsburgh’s Oldest Communities. Graduate school paper, Heinz School of Public Policy, Spring 2002.
- “To Preserve and Protect: Murray Hill Avenue has been saved. Vigilance is required elsewhere.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “Weekend Perspectives,” May 6, 2000.
- Finding Common Ground: How to Build Community-Lender Partnership Through The Fair Housing Planning Process. Washington, DC: National Community Reinvestment Coalition, 1997.
- A Survey of Bank Branch Openings, Closings, & Consolidations in the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, 1985-1996. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, 1996.
- “African American Historic Sites Survey of Allegheny County: A Document of a Preservation Crisis,” Historical Architectural Review Board Bulletin (Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Bureau for Historic Preservation). Summer 1995.
- African American Historic Site Surveys of Allegheny County, 1760-1960. Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1994.
- “Unearthing the Relics of Black History,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Op-Ed page. April 1, 1992.
MA Topic, Dissertation Topic
My MA thesis is entitled, “Forging A Consistent Vision: The People, Place, and Race That Shaped Manchester’s Renewal, 1964-2014” (March 2015). My dissertation will focus on the remaking of post-industrial cities through a transnational perspective. The research will focus on the transformation of post-industrial cities and the impact it has had on cultural and historical resources and on minority communities. My advisor is Ted Muller.