My research focuses on how urban issues develop over time. I believe that we cannot solve today's problems if we do not understand how those problems evolved. Therefore, history is very important to my work. A lot of my work is based in the city of East St. Louis, Illinois.
I'm a collector. I don't just study history--I like to hold it in my hands. I love antique paper and ephemera. Books live in every room of my house. I am surrounded by bricks from obsolete places, metal artifacts from the industrial era, and miscellaneous stuff that other families pitched decades ago!