US 1900–Present, 2011

Research Interests

US history; US political and intellectual history since 1865; the history of the social sciences, particularly criminology; the history of criminal justice; varieties of American conservatism; US foreign policy


The Fall of the Rehabilitative Ideal and Its Aftermath: Social Science, Penal Policy, and Mass Imprisonment after 1970


"Universal and Profane: The Historiographical Consequences of Natural Religion." History and Theory 59, no. 2 (June 2020).

"Incarceration as Incapacitation: An Intellectual History." American Affairs  2, no. 3 (Fall 2018): 144–66.

"Reevaluating the Culture Wars." American Affairs 1, no. 4 (Winter 2017): 87–99.


Named a Gerald R. Ford Scholar in honor of Robert M. Teeter