Since 2012, I have been Professor of History at The New School for Public Engagement, and co-director of The Humanities Action Lab at The New School and chair of the Humanities Action Lab curriculum since 2014. We are currently developing a minor in Digital Humanities and a cluster of courses in Incarceration Studies, which can be found here. I am also a co-director of OutHistory.org, an LGBT digital history project, and a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. Prior to working at The New School, I was Professor of History and American Studies at Wesleyan University.
I am the author of War on Crime: Bandits, G-Men and the Politics of Mass Culture (Rutgers University Press, 1998) and an editor, with Renee Romano, of Doing Recent History: On Privacy, Copyright, Video Games, Institutional Review Boards, Activist Scholarship, and History That Talks Back (University of Georgia Press, 2012). I am currently writing a political history of anti-pornography campaigns, Beyond Pornography: How Feminism Survived the Age of Reagan; and a collection of essays on academia in the digital age, Digital U: Why Crowdsourcing, Social Media, Word Press and Google Hangouts Could Save the Humanities (forthcoming in spring 2017 from the University of North Carolina Press.)
Since 2007 I have written at Tenured Radical, a blog that moved to The Chronicle of Higher Education in July 2011. Check out my new book blog on this site, where I experiment with writing a book in public.
You can access my full c.v. here.
With Renee Romano of Oberlin College, I edit a series, Since 1970: Histories of Contemporary America, for the University of Georgia Press. I also serve on the editorial board of the Journal of the History of Sexuality.
I received my BA in English Literature from Yale University and my Ph.D. in History from New York University.