In the Media


“Proposed new GI Bill targets racial inequities,” CBS Evening News, December 27, 2021

“Lessons from the Derek Chauvin verdict,” CBS Sunday Morning, April 25, 2021

“‘Trying To Reckon Honestly’: Dartmouth Prof. On The Evolution Of Black History Month” (Vermont Public Radio), February 15, 2021

“Joe Biden On Race: What The Democratic Presidential Nominee Has Said About Busing” (NPR Morning Edition), October 12, 2020

“Contextualizing The History And Symbolism Of The Confederate Flag,” Air Talk with Larry Mantle (KPCC, Southern California NPR), July 2, 2020

“The Declaration of Independence, with 2020 vision,” USA Today, July 2, 2020

“Why the Confederate Flag Flew During World War II,” The Atlantic, June 14, 2020

“Changing hearts and minds won’t stop police violence,” Washington Post, June 5, 2020

“The Black Lives Matter Protests Of Today, And The History Of Civil Rights Protest In America,” NHPR, June 8, 2020

“10 Experts on Where the George Floyd Protests Fit Into American History,” Time, June 4, 2020

“Website aims to highlight hidden figures in black history”Associated Press, February 28, 2020

“How school desegregation became the third rail of Democratic politics,” co-authored with Jeanne Theoharis, Washington Post, July 8, 2019

“There’s a Generational Shift in the Debate Over Busing,” The, July 1, 2019

“The ‘Busing’ Skeleton in the Democrats’ Closet,” Slate’s What Next podcast, July 2, 2019

“A History of School Busing,” NPR Weekend Edition, June 30, 2019

“History of Busing (and What We Could Have Done Better),” WNYC The Brian Lehrer Show, July 8, 2019

“An Interracial Kiss – on Another Planet,” The Conversation podcast “Heat and Light: 1968, the year that changed America,” September 3, 2018

“MLK’s relationship with Arizona,” KJZZ (AZ NPR) radio, January 15, 2018

“ASU Professor’s New Project Explores Lives Of African-Americans During WWII,” KJZZ (AZ NPR) radio, September 5, 2017

“African-Americans Fighting Fascism and Racism, from WWII to Charlottesville,” The Conversation, August 21, 2017 (republished at &

“Hairspray’s Revealing Portrayal of Racism in America,”, December 7, 2016

“Audie and the Not-So-Magic School Bus,” NPR Code Switch, December 6, 2016

“Policy and Possibility in the Movement for Black Lives Platform,” Black Perspectives, September 17, 2016

“The Cast of the Original ‘Roots’ Knows All About Hollywood’s Diversity Problem,” Mother Jones, June 2, 2016

“We Watched Roots With a Roots Expert,” Mother Jones, May-June 2016 (part 2, part 3, part 4)

“Why America Forgot About ‘Roots,’” New York Times, May 27, 2016.

“The Impact of Roots on Popular Culture,” KJZZ (AZ NPR) radio, May 26, 2016

“When Jackie Robinson Confronted a Trump-Like Candidate,” The, March 19, 2016.

“The Lasting Legacy of the Boston Busing Crisis,” The, March 29, 2016.

“When Black Voters Exited Left,” The, March 31, 2016.

“Bernie Sanders and the Unsung Struggle for Civil Rights in the North,” The, April 27, 2016.

“Why Busing Didn’t End School Segregation,” NPR All Things Considered, October 6, 2016.

“Demand for School Integration Leads to Massive 1964 Boycott — In New York City,” WNYC, February 3, 2016.

“‘Jim Crow must go’: Thousands of New York City students staged a one-day boycott to protest segregation — and it barely made the history books,” Salon, February 3, 2016.

“How TV Screwed Up the Fight Over Busing,” Daily Beast, April 29,2016.

“There Is Nothing Accidental About School Segregation,” Slate, April 12, 2016.

“We Watched “Roots” With a “Roots” Expert,”; (part 2); (part 3); (part 4), Mother Jones, May-June 2016.

“The Cast of the Original “Roots” Knows All About Hollywood’s Diversity Problem,” Mother Jones, June 2, 2016.

“Did you Watch Roots?” WNYC The Brian Lehrer Show, June 3, 2016.

“Roots Remade,” Australian Broadcasting Corporation, July 25, 2016.

“The Impact of Roots on Popular Culture,” KJZZ, May 26, 2016.

“The Heartfelt Letters That Reveal How the Original Roots Haunted America,” Slate, June 1, 2016.

“Discovering a different side of black history in the archives of the black press,” Slate, March 8, 2016.

“How Jackie Robinson Took on Barry Goldwater,” Metrofocus (NY PBS), April 14, 2016

“Clark Aided Blacks on Bandstand? Not Always,” Washington Post & The Root (4/22/2012)

Democracy Now! interview with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez (3/2/2012). See video below. Click here for interview transcript.

“Left of Black” interview with Mark Anthony Neal of Duke University (5/14/2012). See video below.

CNN Headline News Local Edition with Brad Pomerance (3/14/2012). See video below.

NPR’s Morning Edition with Karen Grigsby Bates (4/19/2012), “Dick Clark, America’s Oldest Teenager, Dies at 82”

KDKA-CBS Radio Pittsburgh interview with Chris Moore (4/15/2012) (audio 40 minutes)

OC Weekly interview with Gabriel San Ramon (2/28/2012). Part I & Part II

Philadelphia Daily News by Molly Eichel (3/14/2012), “Not so nice: No matter what Dick Clark says, ‘American Bandstand’ blocked black teens”

New Books Network interview with Erin Lee Mock (audio 57 minutes)

The Page 99 Test Blog – “Open the book to page ninety-nine and read, and the quality of the whole will be revealed to you.” (Ford Maddox Ford)