Ph.D., Columbia University
M.A., Columbia University
B.A., Rutgers University
My research interests include modern American and European intellectual history; the history of the Cold War; modernism and the arts; film and film theory; the history of the social and behavioral sciences; and American popular culture.
Late Modernism: Art, Culture, and Politics in Cold War America (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010). Part of "The Arts and Intellectual Life in Modern America" series at Penn Press.
Articles, Book Chapters, and Essays:
“Removing the Mask of Sanity: McCarthyism and the Psychiatric-Confessional Foundations of the Cold War National Security State,” Journal of American Studies (forthcoming).
“Proto-Postmodernism,” in American Literature in Transition, 1950-1960 (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).
“Barnett Newman and the Anarchist Sublime,” Anarchist Studies (forthcoming).
“Understanding the POW Experience: Stress Research and the Implementation of the 1955 U.S. Armed Forces Code of Conduct,” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 51, no. 2 (Spring 2015): 141-63.
“Participatory Art as Participatory Democracy: The American Avant-Garde in the 1950s and 1960s,” in A New Insurgency: The Port Huron Statement and Its Times, eds. Howard Brick and Gregory Parker (Ann Arbor: Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library, 2015): 202-18.
“The Cold War Culture of Containment Revisited,” American Literary History 26, no. 3 (September 2014): 616-26.
“Rediscovering Erich Fromm,” Reviews in American History 42, no. 1 (March 2014): 140-45.
“‘Mad to Talk, Mad to Be Saved’: Jack Kerouac, Soviet Psychology, and the Cold War Confessional Self,” Studies in American Fiction 40, no. 1 (Spring 2013): 27-52.
“Cold War Confessions and the Trauma of McCarthyism: Alfred Hitchcock’s I Confess and The Wrong Man,” Quarterly Review of Film and Video 29, no. 2 (March 2012): 129-46.
“‘We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes’: Alfred Hitchcock, American Psychoanalysis, and the Construction of the Cold War Psychopath,” Canadian Review of American Studies 40, no. 2 (July 2010): 133-62.
“Witnessing Whittaker Chambers: Communism, McCarthyism, and the Confessional Self,” Intellectual History Review 18, no. 2 (July 2008): 243-58.
“‘With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility’: Cold War Culture and the Birth of Marvel Comics,” Journal of Popular Culture 40, no. 6 (December 2007): 953-78.
“‘Hypnotizzy’ in the Cold War: The American Fascination with Hypnotism in the 1950s,” Journal of American Culture 29, no. 2 (June 2006): 154-69. Received the Carl Bode award from the American Culture Association.
“Imagining Murderous Mothers: Male Spectatorship and the American Slasher Film,” Studies in the Humanities 33, no. 1 (June 2006): 101-23.
“‘I’m Not His Father’: Lionel Trilling, Allen Ginsberg, and the Contours of Literary Modernism,” College Literature 31, no. 2 (Spring 2004): 22-52.
“Toward a Theory of Rhetoric: Ralph Ellison, Kenneth Burke, and the Problem of Modernism,” Twentieth-Century Literature 48, no. 2 (Summer 2002): 191-214.
“Of Mystics and Lighthouse Keepers: The Moral Visions of William James and Josiah Royce,” History of Philosophy Quarterly 19, no. 1 (January 2002): 87-108.
Manuscript in Progress:
Cold War Confessions: Speaking the Self in the Age of McCarthyism