Adjunct Professor of History, American Studies, and Diplomacy and World Affairs, Occidental 

College, 2010-present

Visiting Professor of History and Political Science, New School for Social Research and Eugene 

Lang College, 2006-2008

Term Assistant Professor of History and American Studies, Barnard College, 2001-2006

Adjunct Assistant Professor of History, Columbia University, 2000

Instructor, Columbia University, Program in the Core Curriculum, 1997-98



Ph.D., Columbia University, 2000, History (U.S.)

M.Phil., Columbia University, 1995, History (U.S.)

B.A., Antioch College, 1989, History and Philosophy

London School of Economics and Political Science, 1986-1987, General Course in History



Blood and Freedom: A Renegade History of America Abroad (in contract, Grove/Atlantic)

A Renegade History of the United States (Free Press/Simon & Schuster, September 2010)

“The Color of Discipline: Civil Rights and Black Sexuality,” American Quarterly, March 2008

“Citizenship and the Problem of Desire in the Postwar Labor and Civil Rights Movements,” in 

Mark Carnes, ed., The Columbia History of Postwar America (Columbia University Press, 2007)

Out of the Jungle: Jimmy Hoffa and the Remaking of the American Working Class

(Alfred A. Knopf, 2001)



“Brown vs. Black: Racial Liberalism and the Problem of Autonomous African-American 

Culture,” 2005 Meeting of the Social Science History Association

“The Fruits of Violence: Black Resistance and the Transformation of Birmingham, 1941-1963,” 

2004 Meeting of the American Studies Association

“The Color of Desire: Black Sexuality and the Civil Rights Movement,” Columbia 

University Seminar on American Studies, January 2003

“Hepcats and Martyrs: White Identification with African Americans during the Era of the Civil 

Rights Movement,” 2002 Meeting of the Organization of American Historians



2010-201ccidental College

American Studies: Theory and Methodology

Discipline and Desire: The History of Sexuality in the United States

Global History of the United States

ace and American Citizenship

United States Culture and Society II

Reacting to the Past: Freedom and Social Order

2007-200ugene Lang College

iscipline and Desire: The History of Sexuality in the United States

ace and Citizenship in American History

2006-200ew School for Social Research

merican Sexual Politics (graduate seminar)

ace and American Citizenship (graduate seminar)

2001-200arnard College

he Civil Rights and Black Power Movements

olloquium in American Studies: Cultural Approaches to the American Past

merican Civilization Since the Civil War

he United States, 1918-1945

irector, Senior Research Seminar (History, American Studies, European Studies)

ork and Workers in Modern America

eacting to the Past

1996-200olumbia University

ntroduction to Contemporary Civilization

he Civil Rights and Black Power Movements

age Against the Machine: American Populism from Paine to Perot



American Historical Association

Organization of American Historians

American Studies Association