Press and Articles

The Volunteer is a journal founded by veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade who served in the Spanish civil war.  Paul Robeson sang for those volunteers in Spain in 1938.  I was really excited to be able to publish an article with them: “Racial Justice Then and Now: Paul Robeson’s Antifascist Legacy.”

Peter Lee was enslaved in New Jersey and labored for the Stevens family for his entire life on the site where Stevens Institute stands today.  Local author Holly Metz looked into Lee’s story in a recent book.  Read my review of The Untold Life of Peter Lee.

Is it ethical to seek serenity when the world is suffering?  John Horgan ponders meditating with an online group that I lead in “Meditating During the Plague.”

John Horgan ruminates on imagination and a conversation we had about Paul Robeson: A Life of Activism and Art in this blog post: “Do We Possess a Transpersonal Imagination?”

Part two of my articles documenting and analyzing the public discussions about James Baldwin came out in September 2019 in volume 5 of James Baldwin Review: “Sitting at Baldwin’s Table.”  This work was supported by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Public Scholars’ Project.

My short story, “In the Zone”, was a Finalist in the Diana Woods Memorial Creative Nonfiction contest in the spring of 2019.

Read my interview with Humanities New York about the James Baldwin public discussions published on their blog in November 2018.

Part one (of two) articles about facilitating community discussions on the life and writing of James Baldwin was published in September 2018 in volume four of the international James Baldwin Review.  My article is titled, “There is No Texting at James Baldwin’s Table.”

I recently was invited to contribute an essay to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.  My essay accompanies the cast recording of Paul Robeson’s Othello.

It was a joy to connect my colleague, John Horgan, with Lama Surya Das.  Read about John’s experience at a silent meditation retreat in Scientific American: “A Buddhism Critic Goes on a Silent Buddhist Retreat”.

Interview in The Stute, 8/20/17, Interview with Doctor Swindall.

Guest blog post, “Spreading Baldwin’s Message of Love and Social Justice in Harlem,” Success Academies Blog, 12/1/16.

Interviewed for article: “Washington’s Forgotten Woodstock of the McCarthy Era” by Feliks Banal, KIRO Radio, Seattle, 5/18/16.  Access radio broadcast here.

“Paul Robeson Biography By Stevens Professor Celebrates One of New Jersey’s Most Important Sons,” Stevens Institute Of Technology News Page, 4/15/16

Paul Robeson: A Life of Activism and Art considered to be freshman reader at Penn State for 2016-2017 academic year, “2016-2017 Penn State Reads Book Chosen,” , Onward State, 11/6/15

Author interview on African American Intellectual History Society Blog, 2/5/15.

Paul Robeson: A Life of Activism and Art mentioned in: “Steve McQueen’s Bio-Pic of Paul Robeson Will Help Restore the Reputation of the 20th Century’s Most Talented Individual,” Huffington Post, 8/24/15

My book chapter “Looking through Prism Optics: Toward an Understanding of Michelle Obama’s Food Reform” can be found in Dethroning the Deceitful Pork Chop (University of Arkansas Press, 2015).

Interviewed for article: VR explores Paul Robeson, Renaissance Man, Voice of Russia Radio, 2/28/14

The reader on foodways in the United States, American Appetites, that I co-edited was released in 2014.

Quoted in: “College Republicans campaign to take Paul Robeson’s name off library at Rutgers-Camden,” on, 10/9/10