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University of Redlands
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modern U.S. history, popular culture, political culture, gender, media, print culture, Hollywood, gossip
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About Me

I am a professor in the Department of History, an affiliate faculty member in the Media and Visual Culture Studies Program, and director of the Proudian Interdisciplinary Honors Program at the University of Redlands. I serve as a co-coordinator of the Los Angeles History & Metro Studies Group of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West.  I am also vice-president of the board of trustees of the [Abraham] Lincoln Memorial Association at Smiley Public Library, Redlands CA.  My teaching and research interests focus upon media, gender, and popular and political culture in modern America. I am co-editor of When Private Talk Goes Public: Gossip in American History (2014), author of Mary Pickford: Hollywood and the New Woman (2016), and at work on “The Mightiest Publicity Powers on Earth”: The Rise of the Hollywood Press Corps in Mid-Twentieth-Century America.

Recent Publications

Mary Pickford: Hollywood and the New Woman (2016)

When Private Talk Goes Public: Gossip in American History, co-edited with Jennifer Frost (2014)

“‘The Antithesis of the Film Magnate’: Irving Thalberg and the Politics of Ethno-Religious Identity in Early Hollywood,”Jewish Culture and History 17 (April 2016): 45-58.

“Classical Hollywood as Public Sphere: The Case of Citizen Kane,” in Imagination and the Public Sphere, ed. Susan Cumings (2012).

“Gossip as News: On Modern U.S. Celebrity Culture and Journalism” History Compass 10:6 (June 2012): 467–82.

Media Coverage
I have been quoted in and/or featured on C-Span American History TV, A&E Network’s Biography series, New York Times, The Daily Telegraph, Sydney Herald Sun, The Key Reporter, French,, “Morning Edition” on KVCR, New Books
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Local & Regional, Politics, Technology, Women