Professor of History
Associate Vice-President, Academic Affairs
Ph.D. Brown University, 1978
M.A. University of Toronto, 1972
B.A. University of Toronto, 1970
509 Chrysler Hall Tower
University of Windsor
Windsor ON N9B 3P4
tel. (519) 253-3000 ext. 2010
American social and cultural history, American politics, Canadian-American relations, historical methods, historical interpretation
I am interested in the social and cultural history of the United States. I have published on the history of neo-Puritanism in seventeenth and eighteenth-century New England, Appalachian migration to mid-western American cities after World War II, American urban history, and on post-9/11 American political culture. I have recently completed a book length manuscript with Dr. Percy Walton (Carleton University), Heroes, Hype and History: Post-9/11 American Culture. I am also interested in how writers use the past in contemporary political and social commentary.
My teaching interests encompass the broad sweep of American history, including survey courses, early and Revolutionary America, and modern American history. I have also taught courses on historical method and a graduate course, "Modes of Historical Interpretation".
Lynndie England, Abu Ghraib, and the New Imperialism, (co-author with Sia Triantaffyllos), Canadian Review of American Studies 38 (2008), 83-100.
From General's Daughter to Coal-Miner's Daughter: Spinning and Countering Jessica Lynch, (co-author with Priscilla Walton), Canadian Review of American Studies 36 (2006), 311-30.
Harry Caudill and the Problem of the Past, Journal of Appalachian Studies 9 (2003), 114-46.
Appalachian Odyssey: Historical Perspectives on the Great Migration, ed. by Phillip Obermiller, Thomas Wagner and Bruce Tucker, Westport, Connecticut: Praeger Press, 2000.
Changing Plans for America’s Inner Cities: Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine and Twentieth-Century Urbanism (co-author with Zane L. Miller), Ohio University Press, 1998.
Matthew Kostiuk, "The Whiskey Rebellion: American Farmers Challenge for the Soul of the American Revolution," 2007.
Robert Laurent, "Billy Graham and the Fourth Great Awakening," 2005.
Amanda Simcoe, "Public and Private Selves in the Writings of Thomas Merton," 2004.