My research and teaching explore problems at the intersection of ideas, politics, and markets in the United States and the Atlantic world since the late 19th century.
My 2012 book The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression explores the transformation of market advocacy over the middle decades of the twentieth century. It received the Merle Curti Award from the Organization of American Historians and the Joseph Spengler Prize from the History of Economics Society, was listed as an "Outstanding Academic Title" by Choice (2013), and was named a "Book of Exceptional Merit" by the Society for U.S. Intellectual History. For reviews, see Dissent, the New Republic, the Wall Street Journal, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Nation. I am currently writing an intellectual history of postindustrialism, exploring how new technological capacities in the postwar era transformed ideas about the future of work, knowledge, leisure, time, and space. Selections from that project are available in American Labyrinth: Intellectual History for Complicated Times (ed. Raymond Haberski and Andrew Hartman) and forthcoming in Beyond the New Deal Order (ed. Gary Gerstle, Alice O’Connor, and Nelson Lichtenstein). Most recently I have been working on a conceptual history of neoliberalism, under the working title “The Neoliberal Turn.”
I am also co-editor of the journal Modern Intellectual History, serve as an executive editor of the series Intellectual History of the Modern Age with the University of Pennsylvania Press, and am in the early stages of a project proposal to co-edit a multivolume Cambridge History of American Thought.
I work with graduate students and teach undergraduate courses on a broad range of topics related to intellectual history, transnational history, and the history of capitalism; recent syllabi are available in full via the “Teaching” tab on this site. In 2016 I was a finalist for the Krieger School’s graduate teaching/mentoring award. I am especially proud of the accomplishments of my undergraduate and graduate students, who in recent years have won both the Butler Prize for the best first-year graduate paper and the Kouguell Prize for the best undergraduate thesis in the department. I am also helping to lead a working group for the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford that seeks to develop new cross-disciplinary teaching platforms related to moral and political economy.
Due to my leave schedule, I am not accepting new graduate students for the 2020–2021 academic year.