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I joined the Mount in August 2019 as an Assistant Professor of History and Political Science. I have enjoyed meeting and breaking bread with fellow faculty, administrators and staff who have been so helpful in getting me re-acclimated to the Hudson Valley.

My teaching and research interests are somewhat diverse. I have taught and published on a variety of issues in Modern U.S. and Modern European history. Currently I look at the intersection of transatlantic humanitarian aid, international relations and cultural politics in the early 20th century; if that sounds like a mouthful, let me explain it a different way. I am fascinated with the thousands of Americans who offered their time, talents, and treasure to Europeans harmed by World War I. Americans helped the people they fought for and the people they fought against. Americans continued helping Europeans recover from their war wounds even after the U.S. government thought no such work was necessary. There are two particular things that amaze me about this work. First, very few Americans who organized this charitable aid actually had significant experience helping survivors, yet Americans managed to provide foreign aid in foreign lands and foreign tongues with great effectiveness. Second, despite the success of private American humanitarian activity in Europe, few periodicals and published works considered this aid significant. I want to explain why so much effective American assistance for Great War survivors failed to resonate in relevant histories of America, Europe and the First World War.

I believe it is important to understand the alien past through the familiar present. As a result, what you absorb in my courses will often draw parallels and distinctions between present events and people and their past analogs. I also think that active and appropriately varied teaching experiences are vital to active and inspiring scholarship. Leading a course always makes me consider how anything I am writing – a conference paper, a book chapter, an article, or a manuscript – relates to bigger concerns in the human past. Likewise, my research and writing bring me into contact with issues, events, processes, and concepts that I bring into my curricula, so as to ensure that I put my students on the cutting edge of scholarship and knowledge.

Beyond that, I am a lucky husband and father who misses his wife and children while I am away teaching in Newburgh.

Ph.D. History, Boston University
B.A. History, Vassar College

HIS 1060 (Western Civilization II, since 1517)
HIS 3250 (Twentieth-century Europe)
HIS/POS 3510 (The European Union)

Past courses taught:
HIS 1010 (U.S. History I, 1492-1865)
HIS 1020 (U.S. History II, 1865-present)
HIS 1050 (Western Civilization I, to 1517)
HIS 3240 (Nineteenth-century Europe)
POS 3050 (Development of Political Thought I)
POS 3060 (Development of Political Thought II)
HIS 4230 (Nazi Germany)
HIS 4260 (American Presidential Assassinations)
And directed studies

Specializations/Areas of Research Interest
Modern European History
First World War
International Relations
Humanitarian assistance
Modern U.S. in the World/American foreign relations
Faculty Information Technology Grant Award, MSMC
Instructional Design Fellow, MSMC
Belle Skinner Doctoral Fellowship, Vassar College
Engelbourg Travel Research Fellowship, Boston University
Robert E. Yellin Award and Angela J. and James J. Rallis Memorial Award, The Humanities Foundation,Boston University
Margaret Gest Fellow, Haverford College.
Margaret Storrs Grierson Scholar-in-residence, Smith College
Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellow (Honorable Mention)
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Humanistic Studies
Gladys K. Delmas Scholar, Vassar College
Ford Foundation Undergraduate Scholar, Vassar College
Professional Affiliations
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
Society for French Historical Studies
  • “A War Generation? The Radcliffe College Community and World War I, 1914-1920,” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (forthcoming).
  • “A Fractured Service: The Great War Activity of Frances Webster in the Back Bay and France, 1914-1918,” New England Quarterly 92 (June 2018): 307-330.
  • “Cultures de guerre in Picardy, 1917.” Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques 42:3 (Winter 2016) : 29-50.
  • “ le rôle des ONG américaines dans la restauration des zones rurales dévastées en France” Pour mémoire 14 (hiver 2015-2016): 198-201.
  • “‘A highly successful experiment in international partnership?’ The limited resonance of the American Committee for Devastated France.” First World War Studies 5 (April 2014): 101-15.

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