History Books and Projects

I have published five scholarly history books about women’s reform and activism, the Chicago African-American community, and most recently, the history of food co-operatives, with prestigious university and commercial presses. I have recently completed a manuscript which I am still revising, Imperiled.  African-American Youth, 1960 to 2020. I am also (slowly) researching for a book about the cultural history of American bedrooms, 1850 to the present.

Last, I have completed an historical novel, Homeward, about two girls caught in the fledgling Chicago juvenile court system.

Food Co-ops in America. Communities, Consumerism, and Economic Democracy. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 2013.

The Educational Work of Women’s Organizations, co-edited with Christine Woyshner. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007; 2013, paperback.

The Chicago Black Renaissance and Women’s Activism. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2006.

Reform and Resistance. Gender, Delinquency, and America’s First Juvenile Court. New    York and London: Routledge, 2001.

Toward A Tenderer Humanity and A Nobler Womanhood: African American Women’s Clubs in Turn-of-the-Century Chicago. New York: New York University Press,  1996.

Other publications and events:

Reprint from Food Co-ops in America. Communities, Consumerism, and Economic Democracy in “Mother Earth Newsletter.” https://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/food-policy/food-co-ops-before-the-great-depression-zerz1807zpop

Interviewed for article on food co-ops in “Civil Eats.” https://civileats.com/2018/02/28/can-food-coops-survive-the-new-retail-reality/

Speaking at “Conversations in Black Freedom Studies,” Schomburg Center, Harlem. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YuAKpe_m-ak