I am an Assistant Professor of History at Lehman College. I study the intersection of political and social history in the United States, with particular focus on politics, capitalism, race and class, cities, and social movements. 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.

My first book, The Long Crisis: New York City and the Path to Neoliberalism, is forthcoming from 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 currently working on my second book, “Smash the Klan”: Fighting the White Power Movement in the Late Twentieth Century.

 

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, incarceration, and graduate worker rights.

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