I am a historian and teacher trained in the intersection of the political and social history of the United States, with particular focus on politics, capitalism, race and class, cities, social movements, and public / oral history. My research has been supported by fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Miller Center at the University of Virginia, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, where I am presently a postdoctoral Visiting Scholar.

My book project, The Long Crisis: New York City and the Path to Neoliberalism, is under contract with Oxford University Press. It uses the sweeping transformation of post-1960s New York City to trace how market-oriented policies have come to proliferate across American life over the past five decades. My research has appeared in Modern American History, the Journal of Social History, the Journal of Urban History, and several edited collections.


I am also a passionate educator. As a faculty member in the Thompson Writing Program at Duke, I teach history courses that introduce students to academic writing and thinking. Previously, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Brown University, where I taught courses on the history of the United States after 1945 and on race and inequality in metropolitan America.

For several decades, I have also been involved in grassroots projects for political and economic change around issues such as foreclosure prevention, queer and trans rights, youth empowerment, and graduate worker rights.

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