Professor of History
I joined the History Department at Cal State LA in 2000. As a historian of U.S. international relations, I have written on the rise of international tourism and on U.S. relations with France during the Cold War. My book, Cold War Holidays, won the Bernath Book Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. My current historical research explores controversies surrounding multinational corporations and commerce since the late nineteenth century. In recent years, I have partnered with fellow historians to publish on new methods for teaching history in college, especially the use of peer mentors or learning facilitators in introductory U.S. history courses. Click here for my articles in the History Teacher (2017) and the Journal of American History (2020). I enjoy working with and learning from high school teachers to help bridge the gap between K-12 classrooms and college. For more on my research and teaching activities, see below. Head here for a full c.v. (.pdf).
Ph.D. in History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000
MA in History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1996
BA in History and Political Science, Duke University, 1994
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