My current research and teaching interests are focused on twentieth-century America in general and, more specifically on issues of war and memory. I am currently writing a book entitled, “Virtue and Violence: Remembering World War II in American Culture.” I have recently published “Public Sentiments and the American Remembrance of World War II,” in M. Shafer, ed, Public Culture: Diversity, Democracy, and Community in the United States (Philadelphia: Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2008). In 2001 I published “Saving Private Ryan and Postwar Memory,” American Historical Review. Three years later I issued an essay on “Human Rights and the Legacy of World War II,” in the International Journal of the Humanities, volume 2. My course offerings for graduate students deal with twentieth century political culture in the United States. My undergraduate courses include a survey of U.S. history since the Civil War, a seminar on the 1930s, and “Elvis, Dylan and Postwar America” which covers the 1950s and 1960s.
Distinguished and Chancellor's Professor, Department of History
Department of History