Publications & Presentations
“The People versus the Octopus: California Progressives and the Origins of Direct Democracy.” Siècles, la revue du centre d'histoire [pub. by Université Blaise Pascal, France] 37 (Dec. 2013): 2-14.
“The Tortilla Curtain and California's Nativist Heritage.” Text and Performance Quarterly 33 (April 2013): 175-183.
“What the Progressives Had in Common.” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 10 (July 2011): 331-339.
“Resisting McCarthyism: To Sign or Not to Sign California's Loyalty Oath.” [Review essay] California Legal History 5 (2010): 349-358.
“Pride, Wrath, Glee, and Fear: Emotional Responses to Senator Joseph McCarthy in the Catholic Press, 1950-1954.” American Catholic Studies 120 (Summer 2009): 27-52. [Awarded First Prize, Scholarly Article category, by the Catholic Press Association]
“Twain Was Right.” [Review essay] Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 8 (July 2009): 446-450.
“It Didn’t Start with Proposition 187: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Nativist Legislation in California.” Journal of the West 48 (Spring 2009): 76-85.
“Not Just a Golden State: Three Anglo ‘Rushes’ in the Making of Southern California, 1880-1920.” Southern California Quarterly 91 (Spring 2008/2009): 349-378.
“California.” Encyclopedia of U.S. Campaigns, Elections, and Electoral Behavior, ed. by Kenneth F. Warren and J. Geoffrey Golson (SAGE Publications, 2008): 69-73.
“Le Duc Tho.” International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, ed. by William A. Darity, 2nd ed. (Thomson Gale, 2007).
“Did the Progressive Movement Have a ‘Class Problem’?” Reviews in American History 34 (Dec. 2006): 499-508.
“United States, 1914-1929.” In Stephen J. Whitfield, ed., Blackwell Companion to 20th-Century America (Blackwell Publishing, 2004), pp. 19-35.
“Pioneers and Padres: Competing Mythologies in Northern and Southern California, 1850-1930.” Western Historical Quarterly 32 (Spring 2001): 55-79.
“Public Memory.” In George T. Kurian, Miles Orvell, Johnella E. Butler, and Jay Mechling, eds., Encyclopedia of American Studies (Grolier/American Studies Association, 2001), Vol. 3, pp. 438-441.
“Was the Progressive Movement Really ‘Progressive’?” In Robert Allison, ed., History in Dispute, Vol. 3: American Social and Political Movements, 1900-1945 (St. James Press, 2000), pp. 205-208.
Over 100 entries (50-1,000 words) in Marc Leepson, ed., Webster’s New World Dictionary of the Vietnam War (Simon & Schuster Macmillan, 1999) and in Stanley I. Kutler, ed., The Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War (Simon & Schuster, 1996).
“Political Culture: Genealogy of a Concept.” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 28 (Autumn 1997): 225-250.
“Competitive Boosterism: How Milwaukee Lost the Braves.” Business History Review 69 (Winter 1995): 530-566.
Review of Tamara Venit Shelton, A Squatter's Republic: Land and the Politics of Monopoly in California, 1850-1900 (Univ. of California Press, 2013), forthcoming in Western Historical Quarterly.
Review of Henry Knight, Tropic of Hopes: California, Florida, and the Selling of American Paradise, 1869-1929 (Univ. Press of Florida, 2013), in Journal of American History 101 (September 2014): 608-609.
Review of Lori Lee Wilson, The Joaquín Band: The History Behind the Legend (Univ. of Nebraska Press, 2011), in New Mexico Historical Review 87 (Summer 2012): 375-376.
Review of Barbara Berglund, Making San Francisco American: Cultural Frontiers in the Urban West, 1846-1906 (Univ. Press of Kansas, 2007), in Western Historical Quarterly 40 (Spring 2009): 92-93.
Review of Maria Raquél Casas, Married to a Daughter of the Land: Spanish-Mexican Women and Interethnic Marriage in California, 1820-1880 (Univ. of Nevada Press, 2007) in Journal of the West 47 (Fall 2008): 92.
Review of Judy Mattivi Morley, Historic Preservation and the Imagined West: Albuquerque, Denver, and Seattle (Univ. Press of Kansas, 2006), in Journal of American History 94 (June 2007): 235-236.
Review of Mark A. Eifler, Gold Rush Capitalists: Greed and Growth in Sacramento (Univ. of New Mexico Press, 2002) in Western Historical Quarterly 34 (Winter 2003): 525-526.
Review of David M. Wrobel, Promised Lands: Promotion, Memory, and the Creation of the American West (Univ. of California Press, 2002) in Journal of American History 90 (June 2003): 1046.
Review of California and the Dream Seekers (A&E Home Video, 1998) in The Public Historian 20 (Fall 1998): 121-123.
Review of William Deverell and Tom Sitton, eds., California Progressivism Revisited (Univ. of California Press, 1994) in California History 74 (Winter 1995/96): 435-436.
Review of Kenneth Shropshire, The Sports Franchise Game: Cities in Pursuit of Sports Franchises, Events, Stadiums, and Arenas (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 1995) in Business History Review 69 (Fall 1995): 431-433.
RECENT PRESENTATIONS (SINCE 2000)
“Finley Peter Dunne and Mr. Dooley: Irish Wit and Wisdom in Progressive America, a History and Reenactment.” Presented at the American Conference for Irish Studies-West conference, Santa Fe, NM, October 24, 2014.
“Tom Maguire: Irish Success (and Failure) in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco.” Presented at the American Conference for Irish Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland, June 12, 2014.
“Tom Maguire: An Irish Impresario in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco.” Presented at the History Festival of Ireland, Duckett's Grove, County Carlow, Ireland, June 16, 2013.
“Business Regulation in American Law: A History.” Presented at “Les Constitutions: des révolutions à l'épreuve du temps en Europe et aux Etats-Unis” (Constitutions: On-Going Revolutions in Europe and the United States), symposium at École de Droit, Université d'Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France, June 1, 2013.
“Representative Californians: Teaching History with Biography.” Presented at the California Council for History Education conference, San José State University, San José, CA, October 20, 2012.
“The People vs. The Octopus: California Progressives and the Origins of Direct Democracy, 1911.” Presented at “La démocratic directe à l'épreuve du temps” (On-Going Experiments in Direct Democracy), symposium at École de Droit, Université d'Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France, June 1, 2012.
“Pride, Wrath, Glee, and Fear: Emotional Responses to Senator Joseph McCarthy in the Catholic Press, 1950-1954.” Presented at the Organization of American Historians meeting in Milwaukee, WI, April 22, 2012.
“California's First Illegal Immigrants: Americans in Mexican California before 1848.” Presented at the Silicon Valley Center for Global Studies Immigration Symposium, San José, CA, April 12, 2012.
“Irish Success and Failure in Early San Francisco: The Case of Tom Maguire, Napoleon of Impresarios, 1849-1880.” Invited lecture at the Irish Literary and Historical Society meeting, San Francisco, CA, February 26, 2012.
“Irish Success and Failure in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco: The Case of Tom Maguire, Theatrical Impresario, 1849-1896.” Presented at the American Conference for Irish Studies (West) meeting in San Jose, CA, October 23, 2011.
“Immigration Reform the First Time Around: Origins of Nativist Legislation in America.” Presented at the SJSU Silicon Valley Center for Global Innovation and Immigration conference on Immigration and Social Policy, San Jose, CA, October 23, 2010.
“Old and Ugly Monuments of Failure: The Anti-Mission Myth in California, 1880-1920.” Presented at the Western History Association meeting, Incline Village, NV, October 15, 2010.
“Golden Despair: California in the 1930s.” Presented at the American Literature Association meeting, San Francisco, CA, May 28, 2010.
“What the Progressives Had in Common.” Presented at the Organization of American Historians meeting, Washington, DC, April 8, 2010.
“Lessons Learned from California’s Record of Reform: The Progressives, 1911.” Presented at Getting to Reform: Avenues to Constitutional Change in California, conference sponsored by the California Studies Association, Sacramento, CA, October 14, 2009.
“The Management Mystique: The Cult of Expertise and the Postwar Decline of American Business.” Presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference, New Orleans, LA, April 10, 2009.
“A Brief History of Nativist Legislation in California.” Presented at the Constitution Day Symposium on Immigration, San José City Hall Auditorium, September 17, 2008.
“It Didn’t Start with Prop. 187: A Brief History of Nativist Legislation in California Since 1850.” Presented at the “Strawberries to Software: Immigration to Silicon Valley” conference, San José State University, San José, CA, April 11, 2008.
“’The Greatest Thing That Has Happened to Milwaukee Since Beer’: Baseball and Urban Community in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1953-1960.” Presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference, San Francisco, CA, March 21, 2008.
“The Paris of America: Historical Origins of San Francisco’s Reputation for Moral Depravity, 1848 to the Present.” Presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference, San Francisco, CA, March 19, 2008.
“History of the Octopus.” Presented at the Constitution Day Symposium on Santa Clara Co. v. Southern Pacific Railroad, San José State University, September 17, 2007.
“Migratory Precedence and Urban Personality: The Case of San Francisco.” Presented at the Western Social Science Association conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, April 14, 2007.
“Not Just a Golden State: Three Anglo ‘Rushes’ in the Making of Southern California.” Presented at the Southwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association conference, Albuquerque, NM, Feb. 15, 2007.
“The Antiwar Movement in California.” Presented at the opening of “What’s Going On? California in the Vietnam Era,” exhibit at the National Steinbeck Center, Salinas, CA, Nov. 18, 2006.
“American Myths of the Vietnam War.” Presented at the Charles Burdick Memorial Military History Symposium on War and Memory, San José State University, San José, CA, April 15, 2006.
“Facing Up to the E-Word: Recognizing Moments of Empire in the History of U.S. Foreign Policy.” Presented at the Empire, Borderlands, and Border Cultures conference, California State University-Stanislaus, Turlock, CA, March 17, 2006.
“Progressive Reform and Vigilante Memory in San Francisco, 1906-1909.” Presented to the Organization of American Historians conference, co-sponsored by the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, San José, CA, April 1, 2005.
“Empire in Denial: Is the History of U.S. Foreign Policy About Altruism or Imperialism?” Presented at the Great Lakes American Studies Association conference, Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. Indianapolis, IN, March 18, 2005.
“Image-ing History: One Historian’s Encounter with PowerPoint.” Presented at the Center for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching Faculty Showcase, Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. Fort Wayne, IN, November 22, 2004.
“America’s Imperial Past.” Presented at the Fort Wayne Foreign Affairs Forum, Fort Wayne, IN, September 28, 2004.
“California in 1912: Test Case of a Two-Way Race?” Presented at the Woodrow Wilson Symposium, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, Staunton, VA, September 24, 2004.
“‘Nil Desperandum’: Popular Belief and Behavior in the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906.” Presented at the Western History Association conference, San Diego, CA, October 5, 2001.
“Pioneers and Padres: Competing Mythologies in California, 1880-1920.” Presented at the Organization of American Historians conference, Los Angeles, CA, April 26, 2001.
“A New Look at the California Progressives.” Presented at the California Studies Association conference, San Diego, CA, February 11, 2000.