Professor, Department of History, University of California, Davis. 2005-present
Associate Professor, Department of History, University of California, Davis. 2001-2005
University Lecturer, Faculty of Modern History, University of Oxford. 1998-2001
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Nevada, Reno. 1996-1998
PhD in History, Stanford University. 1996
AB, Cum Laude in History and with Distinction in All Subjects, Cornell University. 1991
I am currently writing a book titled The Money-Makers: The Invention of Prosperity, from the abandonment of the gold standard through the Bretton Woods agreements of 1944. I'm interested in how international and domestic politics made it possible, in the middle twentieth century, for governments to gain control of their money and with it, macroeconomic policy.
The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2008.
Blessed Among Nations: How the World Made America. Hill & Wang, 2006.
Murdering McKinley: The Making of Theodore Roosevelt's America. Hill & Wang, 2003.
The Refuge of Affections: Family and American Reform Politics, 1900-1920. Columbia University Press, 2001.
Some courses I teach
- 17B: Introduction to US History since 1865
- 120: World War II
- 174A: The Gilded Age and Progressive Era
- 174B: The US 1917-1945
- 175: American Intellectual History
- 188: America in the Sixties
- 201L or 202H: Graduate seminar in modern US history
- 204: Historiography