I am a historian of the twentieth-century United States and wider world with a special interest in political economy, the history of capitalism, policy history, and urban history. My research is broadly concerned with exploring shifting societal attitudes about the role and responsibilities of the US state during periods of severe economic upheaval and destabilising change.
History of Capitalism
My current book project explores the reaction and responses of U.S. policymakers, labour union leaders, and members of the business community to the overlapping industrial and financial crises of the 1970s and 1980s. Examining policies enacted at a subnational and sectoral level, my manuscript highlights the important role that the state played in creating and shaping markets, restricting trade, and preventing corporate and municipal failures during a moment of acute crisis and ascendant economic and racial nationalism.
My next research project will combine my work in political economy with my interest in post-industrial urban development, and explore the social history of several 'Rust Belt' cities during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.
I currently teach:
European and World History 12: The Making of Modern America, since 1863
European and World History 9: From Independence to Empire: America, 1763-1898