About Me

I am the author of Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks: from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance. Since retiring as an English professor at New Jersey City University I  share relevant findings from my research to illuminate our present difficult times.

     I’ve written about nineteenth century media through many forms and issues — magazines, advertising, women who edited magazine. I’m always fascinated by how ordinary readers read and responded to what they read. Scrapbooks offer a hidden passage into that, and the readers turn out not to be so ordinary after all. I have worked as a journalist, printer, and editor; I have taught at the University of Paris 8, Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Massachusetts; and held the Fulbright Walt Whitman Distinguished Chair in American Literature at Radboud University in Nijmegen in the Netherlands. My PhD is from the University of Pennsylvania; my MA is from the University of Massachusetts. I live in New York.

3 thoughts on “About Me

  1. After listening to your talk on c-span…..and listening to questions and your responses….
    Perhaps in the future, we will have access to computer “cookies” to know what info or interests might be entailed. It would be a different sort of scrap booking….probably fraught with angst and privacy concerns…..traditional scraping allows one to generate a connectivity to the issues of a culture, but with the condition …..that it generally presents a favorable self view. It is a form of art …and no less valuable


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