Work in Progress

“In Sullivan’s Shadow: The Use and Abuse of Libel Law During the Civil Rights Movement.”  This study analyzes libel cases filed by southern public officials relating to African Americans’ increasing fight for equal rights. Research identifies little-noticed lawsuits filed in the wake of the landmark New York Times v. Sullivan. This study expands on the evidence and argument that southern officials used existing libel laws to craft what amounted to a sedition law in order to stop the press from covering the civil rights movement. Expanding dissertation into a book manuscript.

“Making Whiteness: Racial Defamation and the Negro Moniker,” revising and resubmitting article for American Journalism.

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