My interests include twentieth century U.S. political, cultural, and diplomatic history. I am especially interested in the connections between American domestic politics and foreign relations, and the way in which these connections surface in the policies of the national security state. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2006. My book, J. Edgar Hoover Goes to the Movies: The FBI and the Origins of Hollywood’s Cold War, was published by Cornell University Press in 2012. It analyzes the FBI’s probe of the motion picture industry and its efforts to rein in the production of what it considered politically-suspect movies.
- B.A. University of California, Riverside, 1996
- M.A. University of California, Santa Barbara, 2000
- PhD University of California, Santa Barbara, 2006
Research and teaching interests
- Twentieth century U.S. political, cultural, and diplomatic history
- HIST 200: History and Film
- HIST 220: The Vietnam War
- HIST 257: The United States through the Civil War Era
- HIST 258: The United States since the Civil War Era
- HIST 315: U.S. and the World
- HIST 422: Special Topics in History: Secret History: Inside the FBI
- HIST 632: Graduate reading seminar in American history
- HIST 633: Graduate research seminar in American history
Key Areas of Graduate Supervision
- Modern U.S. history, with special focus on the Cold War period
- "Reagan’s Early Years: From Dixon to Hollywood" in A Companion to Ronald Reagan (Blackwell Companions to American History), edited by Andrew Johns (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015).
- J. Edgar Hoover Goes to the Movies: The FBI and the Origins of Hollywood’s Cold War (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2012).
- “The ‘Maltz Affair’ Revisited: How the American Communist Party Relinquished its Cultural Influence at the Dawn of the Cold War,” Cold War History Vol. 9, No. 4 (2009): pages 489-500.
- “Brassbound G-Men and Celluloid Reds: The FBI’s Search for Communist Propaganda in Wartime Hollywood,”Film History Vol. 20, No. 4 (2008): pages 412-436.
- “The Emergence of McCarthyism,” in History in Dispute, Volume 19: The Red Scare after 1945, edited by Robbie Lieberman (St. James Press, 2004).
- “Booting a Tramp: Charlie Chaplin, the FBI, and the Construction of the Subversive Image in Red Scare America” (with Tony Shaw) Pacific Historical Review Vol. 72, No. 4 (2003): pages 495-530.