Research and Teaching Interests:

  • Twentieth Century U.S.
  • Legal History

Selected Publications:

  • FDR’s Gambit:  The Court-Packing Fight and the Rise of Legal Liberalism (New York: Oxford, 2022)
  • The Long Reach of the Sixties: LBJ, Nixon, and the Making of the Contemporary Supreme Court (New York: Oxford, 2017)
  • Right Star Rising: A New Politics, 1974-1980 (New York: W.W. Norton, 2010)
  • Yale Law School and the Sixties: Revolt and Reverberations (Chapel Hill: Univers6ity of North Carolina Press, 2005)
  • The Strange Career of Legal Liberalism (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996)
  • Abe Fortas: A Biography (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1990)
  • Legal Realism at Yale, 1927-1960 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1986)

Courses Taught:

  • History 17C: The American People (World War I to the Present)
  • History 166B: United States in the Twentieth Century (1932-1954)
  • History 166C: United States in the Twentieth Century (The Sixties)
  • History 166D:  United States in the Twentieth Century (Watergate-Present)
  • History 166LB: United States Legal History in the Twentieth Century
  • History 166R: Proseminar in Twentieth-Century United States History
  • History 201AM: Advanced Historical Literature
  • History 266A-B: Research Seminar in Recent U.S. Histor