I am from Higgins Beach, in Scarborough, Maine, six miles south of Portland. After spending five years as track announcer at Scarborough Downs, I left to study fulltime in graduate school, where my advisor was Akira Iriye. My B.A. (1988) and Ph.D. (1993) come from Harvard, my M.A. from the University of Chicago (1989). Before coming to Brooklyn, I taught at Arizona State and Williams; I also have served as a visiting professor at Harvard (2005) and at Tel Aviv University (2007-8), as Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Humanities.
For the spring 2013 semester, I will be teaching:
- Youth, Public Policy, & the Law (B.A.)
- Scholars’ Program Senior Thesis Colloquium (B.A.)
- U.S. Constitutional History (M.A.)
A full list of my courses is here.
My two most recent books are:
- “All the Way with LBJ”: The 1964 Presidential Election (Cambridge University Press, 2009);
- Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case (Thomas Dunne, 2008, 2nd edition; co-authored with Stuart Taylor), which has been optioned by HBO.
A full list of my books, scholarly articles and presentations, invited talks, and op-eds is here.
I have blogged on the Duke lacrosse case at Durham-in-Wonderland; and as part of joint blogs of academics (Minding the Campus) and historians (Cliopatria @ History News Network, 2004-11). Follow me on twitter here.
Feel free to e-mail me or call me (207-329-8456) with any comments or questions.