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St. Olaf College
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1970s, 1970s popular culture, gender relations, ACLU, television history, radical intellectuals of the 1930s
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About Me

BA from UC Berkeley and PhD from UCLA.  I have fairly wide-ranging scholarly interests, having written on everything from Friends, the TV program, to the ACLU.    I have a blog as part of my endowed teaching chair in the humanities called “Adventures in the New Humanities” ( that allows me to comment fairly broadly on academic matters and pedagogy.  My most current scholarly interest has been the 1970s, particularly popular cultural elements.  My teaching overlaps into a number of interdisciplinary areas, like gender studies, American studies, and film/TV studies.


Recent Publications

“Anatomy of a Hit: Friends and Its Sitcom Legacies,” Journal of Popular Culture, 51 (October 2018), pp. 1172-1189.

“‘What Do You Do With Your Leisure Time?’ Women’s Athletic Cultures at St. Olaf College, 1900-1970,” Minnesota History, 66 (spring, 2018), pp. 30-42.

After Aquarius Dawned: How the Revolutions of the Sixties became the Popular Culture of the Seventies.  University of North Carolina Press: 2017

“Dedicated Followers of Fashion: The American Peacock and the Beginnings of a New American Man, 1966-1970,” The Sixties, 5 (December 2012), pp. 167-84.

“’That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be:’ Baby Boomers, 1970s Singer Songwriters, and Romantic Relationships,” The Journal of American History, 97 (December 2010), 692-702.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Making of American Liberalism, 1930-1960.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006.

The Long War: The Intellectual People’s Front and Anti-Stalinism, 1930-1940.  Durham: Duke University Press, 1995.


Media Coverage
I've done Sirius radio interviews, been consulted or appeared on documentaries, and am currently writing something for the ACLU for their 100th anniversary.
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic
Family, Gender, Higher Ed, Material Culture, Politics, Sexuality, Women, World War II