My first published article in history appeared in Clio, an undergraduate history journal at Brown University. It looked at the economic roots of the controversy over Anne Hutchinson and the Antinomians--a radical Puritan group--in colonial Massachusetts. I began my graduate studies with the intention of studying diplomatic history, but under the impact of two major labor battles--at Eastern Airlines and Pittston Coal--I developed a stronger interest in labor history. My dissertation, published as Labor, Loyalty, and Rebellion in 2005, melds together both interests. Centered on the lynching of a German-American coal miner in Collinsville, Illinois in 1918, it explores the home front of World War I in the southwestern Illinois coalfields. My current book project, provisionally entitled Red Dynamite!: Creationism, Anti-communism, and Culture Wars in Modern America, was sparked by both my labor history research and by my long-time interest in the politics of the controversy over evolutionary science. It traces the connections between the campaign against evolutionary science and the campaigns against socialism and communism from the early twentieth century to the present. Among other things, it aims to provide a materialist perspective on the roots of modern creationism, thus bringing me back, full circle, to my original interest in the economic origins of a religious sect.
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of History
Senior Lecturer, College of Arts & Sciences