Professional Bio

  • Ph.D., History, University of Michigan, 2011
  • M.S. Journalism, Northwestern University (Medill School of Journalism), 2002
  • B.A., History, University of California, Davis, 2000

Research & Scholarship

Research Interests

U.S. History since the Civil War, U.S. Empire/U.S. in the World, Pacific History, Comparative Colonialisms, Urban/Suburban History, Cold War, Histories of Segregation, Race in U.S. History, War and American Culture (and the Security State), Comparative Social Movement Histories, Cultural and Social History

Recent Publications

"Domestic Containment in the Marshall Islands: Mapping American Family Life onto Cold War Military Empire in the Pacific." Solicited article for LABOR journal special edition, Empire and Labor double issue, featured by Duke University Press (Volume 13, Numbers 3-4, December 2016, pp. 177-196.)

"Navigating Sovereignty Under a Cold War Military Industrial Colonial Complex: U.S. Military Empire and Marshallese Decolonization." Solicited article for History and Technology special issue on Nation, Knowledge and Imagined Futures: Science, Technology, and Nation-Building, post-1945 (Volume 31, 2015, Issue 3: pp. 259-274.)

"Home Land (In)Security: The Labor of U.S. Cold War Military empire in the Marshall Islands." Solicited chapter for Making the Empire Work: Labor and United States Imperialism (New York: New York University Press, July 2015, pp. 225-356.)

"Nuclear Families: (Re)producing 1950s Suburban America in the Marshall Islands." Solicited article for OAH Magazine of History, special issue on the 1950s (October 2012: pp. 39-43.)

Awards & Recognition

Recent Selected Awards

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship in Thinking Matters Program, Stanford University
August 2015-July 2018 (Thinking Matters Fellow Award, June 2016)

American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellows Award (Department of History at University of California, Los Angeles) August 2012-June 2014

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2010-2011

W. Stull Holt Dissertation Fellowship, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Fall 2009

American Historical Association Albert J. Beveridge Grant, Spring 2009