About Me

I am Professor of History and Executive Editor of Public Seminar at The New School in Greenwich Village, New York City.

My newest book, with Renee Romano, is Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical is Re-staging America’s Past (Rutgers, 2018), a collection of scholarly articles written for a general audience: order it here. You can hear Renee and I talking about the book on Edward T. O’Donnell’s podcast, In the Past Lane here.

My historical research is focused on the recent political history of the United States; gender, sexuality, and the media; digital humanities and Internet studies. From 2006 to 2015, I blogged at Tenured Radical: from 2011 to 2015, the blog was hosted at the Chronicle of Higher Education. In addition to the Chronicle, I have written for Dissent, The Village Voice, Democracy, Inside Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, Democracy Journal, berfrois, and Jacobin.

I am the author of War on Crime: Bandits, G-Men and the Politics of Mass Culture (Rutgers University Press, 1998), and the co-editor, with Renee C. 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 live in New York City and Northampton, Massachusetts. The best way to reach me is by email. I am represented by Roz Foster of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, Los Angeles, CA.