I am a social and cultural historian of the United States, focusing on the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. My first book, to be published by the University of Chicago Press, is provisionally titled Making Metropolitans: Newspapers and the Urbanization of Americans, 1880-1930. It is a twinned history of mainstream daily newspapers and the cities they served, and it examines newspapers as active agents in the creation of cities and of urban culture. I have published on the history of children in the American city, and currently am working on an article on women’s pages in turn-of-the-century newspapers.
I lecture and supervise for Paper 24 (American History from 1865 to the present) in Part I of the history Tripos, and I supervise Part II dissertations on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American history.
BA (Cornell), MA and PhD (Yale)