I am available to give talks on a range of topics pertaining to my past and present scholarship, including my recent book, Believing in Cleveland. My preferred speaking topics include 20th-century urban, suburban, or metropolitan history. I have particular expertise on New Orleans, Cleveland, and, more recently, Augusta, Macon, and Columbus, Georgia. I am also interested in presenting on my project experience in oral history, public history, and digital history, including projects in Cleveland and Kisumu, Kenya. To schedule an event, please contact me.


  • Public Lecture, Shaker Historical Society, Shaker Heights, OH, June 2021
  • FutureHeights Annual Meeting Keynote, Cleveland Heights, OH, June 2021
  • Public Lecture, Heights Libraries, Cleveland Heights, OH, September 2020
  • Public Lecture, Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Beachwood, OH, July 2020
  • Public Lecture, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Mayfield Village, OH, September 2019
  • Public Lecture, Rocky River Public Library, Rocky River, OH, July 2019
  • Public Lecture, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Solon, OH, April 2019
  • History and Sociology Spring Speaker Series, Georgia Tech, April 2019
  • Public Lecture, Assn. for Continuing Education at CWRU, Shaker Heights, OH, August 2018