Professor, Journalism, Indiana University-Indianapolis
I am a professor of journalism at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, where I teach sports journalism classes to undergraduate and graduate students. I am an author, historian, lecturer, satirist, and columnist. My eighth book, From Jack Johnson to LeBron James: Sports, Media, and the Color Line (University of Nebraska Press), was published in January 2016. My next book, which in on the faith of Jackie Robinson, will be published next year. My other books include 2016 Presidential Campaign Bites (2015); Conspiracy of Silence: Sportswriters and the Long Campaign to Desegregate Baseball (2012); The Sound and Fury of Sarah Palin (2011); I'll Be Sober in The Morning: Great Political Comebacks, Putdowns, and Ripostes (2007); Wry Harvest: An Anthology of Midwest Humor (2006); Blackout: The Untold Story of Jackie Robinson's First Spring Training (2004); and Drawn to Extremes: The Use and Abuse of Editorial Cartooning (2004). Before becoming a college professor, I worked for newspapers and magazines for ten years. Since becoming a professor, I've written more than 200 articles and columns for such publications as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, Los Angeles Times, ESPN.com, and Christian Science Monitor. My columns appear regularly in The Huffington Post, etc. My research articles have appeared in the Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism History, and the Journal of American History. I have been interviewed by National Public Radio, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, NBS, CBS, ESPN, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, etc.I have given talks at the British Library, Duke University, George Washington University, American Film Institute, and the Negro Leagues Museum. I have twice been a Pulitzer Prize judge in the category of editorial cartooning. Follow me on Twitter at: @16campaignbites.