I came to Strathclyde University in 1989, after teaching American Studies at West London Institute of Higher Education (now Brunel University). My undergraduate teaching has mainly been on American History, particularly during the 20th century and with an emphasis on political and social movements, and International History. My Master's level teaching is directly related to my research on American race relations in the first quarter of the 20th century.
My main interests have been in the impact of World War I on American society, the response of the social sciences to racial issues in the United States, the interracial cooperation movement before 1940, and the origins of the American civil rights movement.
In addition to several journal articles and book chapters, my main publications have been two monographs concerning American race relations during World War I and the southern interracial cooperation movement during the Progressive era and interwar period:
Race, War, and Surveillance: African Americans and the United States Government During World War I (2001);
Race Harmony and Black Progress: Jack Woofter and the Interracial Cooperation Movement (2013).
Both books were published by Indiana University Press.
I supervise five PhD students, three of whom are supported by the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and the McCracken Research Library at Cody, Wyoming.
I am currently the Senior Vice Dean of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences (HaSS), having previously been Vice Dean (Academic) and am a member of the Faculty Management Team. I have a wideranging role that includes support for the Dean and other Vice Deans and Head of Internationalisation, contributing to the planning process and Faculty management, working with the Heads of School, advising on staff appointments, respondng to complaints and appeals and liaison with external stakeholders.
I have previously had several administrative roles during the evolution of the humanities & social sciences and a range of professional programmes at Strathclyde. These have included chief admissions selector for the BA degree and Vice Dean (Academic) of the Faculty of Law, Arts & Social Sciences from 2000 to 2006. I have been an external examiner at the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Sussex.
I am the Strathclyde theme leader for the current QAA Enhancement Theme, "Student Transitions."