I am a historian of the modern United States, with particular interest in issues of power, ideology, culture, and the relationship of public and private life. My first book, The Decline of Popular Politics: The American North, 1865-1928 (Oxford University Press), is a social and cultural history of the transformation of grass-roots political participation. My most recent book, A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movement in America, 1870-1920 (The Free Press/Simon & Schuster), traces the origin of modern liberalism to the transformation of the intimate, daily lives of the different social classes in industrial United States. I am currently writing ‘The Public Be Damned’: The Vanderbilts and the Unmaking of the Ruling Class (forthcoming, Farrar, Straus, & Giroux), a study of seven generations of what was once the wealthiest family in the world.
Paul V. McNutt Professor, Department of History
Adjunct Professor, Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies
Department of History