Personal Statement:

I work on how experience and knowledge as well as partisanship and ideology affect the making of public policy in the U.S. I look particularly at how economic knowledge and theories of ways that the U.S. and world capitalist economies work (and fail to work for some groups) have entered into public policy discourses,the media, and popular political narratives between the mid-19th and the late-20th centuries. I also study the history of labor standards regulation, in relation to specific national political structures and jurisprudence.

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Research and Teaching Interests:

  • 19th and 20th Century U. S.
  • Political Economy; History of Capitalism
  • History of Public Policy
  • History of Economic and Social Thought
  • Labor Standards Regulation

Current Projects:

  • “Labor Market Reform” in Comparative Perspective: Income Inequality as a Function of Regulation
  • The Public and Its Limits: Statism and Anti-Statism in the American Political Tradition, 1880-1950
  • The U.S. Laissez Faire Era: From In re Jacobs and E. C. Knight to Northern Securities and Muller v. Oregon

Selected Publications:

  • “Ideas, Interdependencies, Governance Structures,and National Political Cultures: Norbert Elias’s Work as a Window on U.S. History”
    Civilizing and Decivilizing Processes: Figurational Approaches to American Culture, eds. Christa Buschendorf, Astrid Franke, Johannes Voelz (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011)
  • Advocacy and Objectivity: A Crisis in the Professionalization of American Social Science 1865-1905, with new introduction
    (1975; Transaction Press edition, 2010)
  • “From ‘State Interference’ to the ‘Return to the Market’: The Rhetoric of Economic Regulation From the Old Gilded Age to the New”
    Government and Markets, eds. Edward Balleisen & David Moss (Cambridge University Press, 2009), 92-142,
  • “Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Social Investigation in History and Theory”
    Modern Intellectual History 6:1 (2009):147-70
  • “Structure and Virtue in United States Political Economy”
    Journal of the History of Economic Thought 27:1 (2005): 1-27
  • “Social Scientists and the State”
    Intellectuals and Political Life, eds. Leon Fink et al. (Cornell University Press, 1996) pp. 145-81
  • “The Republican Tradition and the New Liberalism: Social Investigation, State Building, and Social Learning in the Gilded Age”
    The State and Social Investigation in Britain and the United States, eds. Michael J. Lacey and Mary O. Furner (Cambridge University Press, 1993) pp.171-241
  • “Knowing Capitalism: Public Investigation of the Labor Question in the Long Progressive Era”
    The State and Economic Knowledge: The American and British Experience, eds. Mary O. Furner and Barry Supple ( Cambridge University Press, 1990) pp. 241-86

Courses Taught:

  • History 17B: The American People (Sectional Crisis through Progressivism)
  • History 165: America in the Gilded Age, 1876 to 1900
  • History 166A: United States in the Twentieth Century (1900 to 1929)
  • History 166B: United States in the Twentieth Century (1930 to 1959)
  • History 166P: Proseminar in Twentieth-Century United States History
  • History 174B: Wealth and Poverty in America (Civil War to World War II)
  • History 174DR: Directed Readings on Wealth and Poverty
  • History 200AM: Historical Literature: America
  • History 201AM: Social Thought and the Making of the Modern U.S. Order
  • History 201AM: Capitalism, Crisis, and Political Economy
  • History 218A: Readings Seminar: Introduction to Policy History
  • History 272A-B: Research Seminar in American Political and Intellectual History
  • History 291A-B: Research Seminar in Knowledge and Policy, Institutions and Power
  • History 292B: Foundations of U.S. History, 1846-1917
  • History 218 B-C: Research Seminar in the History of Public Policy

Honors and Professional Activities:

  • Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, 2015
  • Distributional Effects of Transnational Regulation Conference, Scuola Superiore della Pubblica Amministrazione, Rome, Italy, 2012
  • Columbia Law School Conference on Dividing the Transnational Regulatory Space, 2011
  • James Tobin Project Conference on Government and Markets: Ferment in a Time of Crisis, 2009
  • James Tobin Project Conference on Government and Markets: Toward a New Theory of Economic Regulation, 2008
  • Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitat, 2007
  • Distinguished Lecturer, History of Economics Society, 2005
  • NEH Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 1988-89
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Fellow, 1982

Current and Former Graduate Students

  • John Baranski, Associate Professor of History, Fort Lewis College
  • David Schuster, Associate Professor of History, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne
  • Joshua Ashenmiller, Associate Professor of History, Fullerton College
  • Mark Hendrickson, Assistant Professor of History, University of California, San Diego
  • Carol Feinberg, recent Summer Session Instructor, Department of History, UCSB
  • Jill Margaret Jensen, Visiting Assistant Professor, Redlands University
  • Dustin Walker, ABD, Ph. D. candidate completing dissertation
  • Clarence Wunderlin, Ph.D. (NIU), Pofessor of History, Kent State University
  • Kashia Arnold, Ph.D. in progress