Undergraduate Advisor, Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1998.
University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1987.
University of California, Berkeley, 1982.
Areas of Interest
California and the American West.
U.S. politics, culture, business, foreign policy.
Social memory and political culture.
Gilded Age and Progressive Era.
I am a proud Bay Area native. Born in Oakland, I graduated from Palo Alto High School and the University of California, Berkeley, before leaving the Bay Area to start a far-ranging academic odyssey. I endured mid-western winters to earn M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Then I endured southern summers when I taught at the University of Georgia and at Tulane University in New Orleans. Then I experienced Southern California as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California, Irvine. Then I spent several years teaching at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) before coming home to the Bay Area at last to teach at San Jose State. I have published articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries, and reviews on subjects ranging from California mythology, politics, and migration to the baseball business, social memory, and McCarthyism. I am always delighted to teach California students about California history and other subjects dear to my heart.