Anthony C. Siracusa and Nan Elpers, “’Give Light and the People will Find a Way:’ Democratic Deliberation, The Black Freedom Movement, and Public Achievement at Colorado College,” in Discussing Democracy: A Primer on Dialogue and Deliberation in Higher Education, (Stylus Publishers: New York, 2019) Forthcoming


“Nonviolence, Black Power, and the Surveillance State in Memphis’s War on Poverty,” in An Unseen Light: Black Freedom Struggles in Memphis, Tennessee, Aram Goudsouzian and Charles McKinney, editors, (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2018), pp. 279 – 299


From Pacifism to Resistance: The Evolution of Nonviolence in Wartime America,”Journal of Civil and Human Rights, Issue 3, Volume 1, Spring/Summer 2017

’The Doctrine of Truth’s Many Sides:’ Jain Religion, James M. Lawson, Jr., and the Politics of Nonviolence in the Black Freedom Struggle,”West Tennessee Historical Society Papers, 2016, Volume 70,

Thomas G. McGowan, Anthony C. Siracusa and Suzanne Bonefas, “Community Engagement Across the Curriculum: Boyer, Integration and the Challenges of Institutionalization,” in Making the Way by Walking: Rethinking Pathways for Community Engagement in Higher Education, eds. Arianne Hoy and Matthew Johnson, (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2013)

Contributor, Photographs of the Memphis World, ed. David McCarthy(Oxford: University of Mississippi Press, 2008)

Book Reviews

Review of Anke Ortlepp, Jim Crow Terminals: The Desegregation of American Airports, (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2017), Journal of African American History, Forthcoming

Review of From Boss Crump to King Willie: How Race Changed Memphis Politics by Otis Sanford, Tennessee Historical Review, Spring 2018

Review of Black Power in the Bluff City: African American Youth and Student Activism in Memphis, 1965 – 1975 by Shirletta Kinchen, Tennessee Historical Review, Spring 2017

Past Work

Developing an American Ahimsa: The Rev. James M. Lawson Jr.’s Paradigm of Protest,” (Memphis: Rhodes College, 2009)

Understanding Militant Non-violence within Memphis’ Modern Civil Rights Movement: The Leadership and Witness of the Rev. James M Lawson Jr.,” (Memphis: Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies, 2007)



Commentator, “It Happened Here: The Memphis Massacre of 1866,” 2017

Research Associate, “Love and Solidarity: James Lawson & Nonviolence in the Search for Worker’s Rights,” 2015

Commentator, “Remember Fort Pillow,” 2013


Presentations and Conferences (abbreviated):

“An ‘E-Pixie-Palion’: The Reverend Pauli Murray and the Politics of Gender in the Black Freedom Struggle,” Rethinking Religion, Gender, and Borders in the 20th Century Black Freedom Struggle Panel, American Society of Church History Meeting, Chicago, January 3 – 6, 2019

“Centering Memphis in the Modern American Historical Imaginary,” Beyond King: Memphis and the Black Freedom Struggle Panel, Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), October 6, 2018

“Pauli Murray and the Politics of Being,” Political Theology Networks Conference, Emory University, February 17, 2018

“James M. Lawson, Jr. and The Politics of Being,” Memphis Teach In: The Church and Civil Rights, Clayborn Temple, September 30, 2017

“White Violence and Memphis History,” Idlewild Presbyterian Church Summer Workshop Series, Idlewild Presbyterian Church, August 13, 2017

“On the Front Lines: Public History and Activism in Memphis,” Moderator, 2017 Midwest Labor and Working Class History Colloquium, University of Memphis, June 2, 2017

“’Discipline and Punish’: Violence, Nonviolence, and the Rhetoric of Crime inMemphis, 1866 – Present,” Memphis Centered Lecture Series, Rhodes College, April 18, 2017

“Howard Thurman and the Politics of Being,” African American Intellectual History Society Conference at Vanderbilt University, March 24 – 25, 2017

“’The Doctrine of Truth’s Many Sides:’ Jain Religion, James M. Lawson, Jr., and the Politics of Nonviolence in the Black Freedom Struggle,” Graduate Conference in African American History, University of Memphis, February 10 – 12, 2016

“Disrupting the Calculation of Violence: James M. Lawson, Jr. and the Politics of Religious Nonviolence,” Ways of Knowing: Graduate Conference on Religion at Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 22 – 24, 2015

“’Who Speaks for the Negro?’ Digital Archive,” Digital Humanities and the History of Slavery Workshop to Enhance Research, Collaboration, and Graduate Training, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, October 15 – 17, 2015

“Building the Most Durable Weapon: The Origins of Nonviolence in the Civil Rights Movement,” 99th Annual Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Convention, Memphis, Tennessee, September 24 – 28, 2014

“Place and Protest: The Centrality of Nashville and Memphis in Civil Rights History,” From Civil War to Civil Rights: Race, Region and the Making of Public Memory, Rhodes College, February 28 – March 1, 2014 Rhodes College

“Developing an American Ahimsa: The Reverend James M. Lawson Jr.’s Paradigm of Protest,” 14th Annual Conference in African American History, University of Memphis, November 1 – 2, 2012