Office Location: LA 263
Office Telephone: (406) 243-2987
Associate Professor of History
Field Of Study:
Modern American Social and Cultural History; Public Space and Public Life
In general, my research explores the social, cultural, and political dimensions of public life in America from the late nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. My current project, tentatively titled "In and Out of Harmony: Music and Public Life in Urban America, 1840-1930," examines the role that music played in shaping the public life of American cities.
American History II, 1877 to the Present
Introduction to Historical Methods
The Birth of Modern America, 1877-1919
America in Crisis, 1919-1952
U.S. Immigration and Ethnicity
American Urban History
Movie America: Twentieth Century U.S. History through Film
Research in Montana History (UDW)
Industrial America, 1863-1932 (graduate colloquium)
Readings in Modern American History (graduate colloquium)
Ph.D., Brandeis University, 2002
M.A., Brandeis University, 1998
B.A., University of Puget Sound, 1993
Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools in America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007.
"'I Like to Get Around': City Girls in Chicago Music Saloons, 1858-1906," Journal of Urban History (forthcoming, 2013).
"Swimming Pools, Civil Life, and Social Capital," Blackwell Companion to Sport (forthcoming, 2013).
"The Origins of Montana's Corrupt Practices Act: A More Complete History," Montana Law Review 73 (Summer 2012), 299-337.
"Swimming Against Segregation: The Struggle to Desegregate Pittsburgh's Municipal Pools," The Historical Society of Pennsylvania Legacies 10 (November 2010), 12-16.