U.S. and the World; Transnational/Global History; Gender and International Relations
2018 Norman and Laura Graebner Award. This award, given once every two years by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, is a lifetime achievement award recognizing a senior historian who has significantly contributed to the development of the field, through scholarship, teaching, and/or service.
My research and teaching interests focus on the history of US economic and cultural expansion and on global transnational networks from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Two of my books, Spreading the American Dream: American Economic and Cultural Expansion, 1890-1945 and Financial Missionaries to the World: The Politics and Culture of Dollar Diplomacy, 1900-1930 deal with the rise of US power in the world and with the history of US international policies. Transnational Currents in a Shrinking World, 1870-1945 presents a new survey of social and cultural networks of global exchange.
Within the broad area of that includes the history of U.S. international policies and Americans’ various relationships to people and countries in the rest of the world, my research is especially attentive to issues of cultural construction and contestation. Many of my articles, for example, explore how discourses of gender operate in international relations, and a new edited volume examines Body and Nation: The Global Realms of US Body Politics. I also study processes of historical memory; one of my books examined various constructions of the most prominent foreign policy symbol in our history: the attack on Pearl Harbor. A Date Which Will Live: Pearl Harbor and American Memory, which has been translated into Japanese, examines the ways in which Pearl Harbor, as historical memory, anchors diverse narratives and “lessons” about the past.
Among professional activities, I have served as president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR); been a Board member of the Organization of American Historians; co-edited, with Gilbert Joseph, the “American Encounters, Global Interactions” book series for Duke University Press, and served on the editorial board of the American Historical Review. The recipient of teaching awards at UCI and elsewhere, I am also co-author on a widely used, college-level US history textbook: Liberty, Equality, Power: A History of the American People.
Co-editor, Body and Nation: The Global Realms of U.S. Body Politics in the Twentieth Century
(Durham: Duke University Press, 2015). [co-edited with Shanon Fitzpatrick]
Editor, A Wold Connecting: 1870-1945,
Vol. 5 of Akira Iriye and Jürgen Osterhammel, gen. eds., A History of the World
(English ed., Cambridge: Harvard University Press; German ed., Munich: Beck 2012) 6 vols.). A World Connecting: 1870-1945
[trans. into German, Chinese, Korean, Italian]Transnational Currents in a Shrinking World, 1870-1945
(Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2014) [from a section of the above edited volume]. A Date Which Will Live: Pearl Harbor in American Memory
(Duke University Press, 2003).Financial Missionaries to the World
(Duke University Press, 2003).Co-author, Liberty, Equality, Power: A History of the American People
(Cengage, 5th rev. ed and concise ed, 2010). Spreading the American Dream: American Economic & Cultural Expansion 1890-1945
(Hill and Wang, 1982).
“World War I, Wilsonianism, and Challenges to U.S. Empire,” Diplomatic History (2014)
“Re-visioning the American Century,” in “Forum: The End of the American Century?,” Revista di Studi Americani [RSA Journal published by the Italian Association of North American Studies] (summer, 2014).
"U.S. Mass Consumerism in Transnational Perspective," Michael J. Hogan and Frank Costigliola, eds., America in the World: The Historiography of U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1941
(New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014)
"Introduction to Roundtable on Indians and American Foreign Relations," Diplomatic History
"Another Mission to Moscow: Ida Rosenthal and Consumer Dreams," in Choi Chatterjee and Beth Holmgren, eds., The Russian Experience: Americans Encountering the Enigma, 1917-Present
(New York: Routeledge, 2013), 127-138.
"American Freedom and the World: External Threats, Internal Dissent," Pennsylvania Historical Society, Preserving American Freedom Digital History Project,
(July 2013) at Digital History Project
"Consuming the American Century," in Andrew Bacevich, ed., The Short American Century: A Postmortem
(Cambridge: Harvard Univeristy Press, 2012), 38-58.
"War and the Health of the State: The U.S. Government and the Communications Revolution during World War I," in Kenneth Osgood and Andrew Frank, eds., Selling War in a Media Age: The Presidency and Public Opinion in the American Century
(University Press of Florida, 2010), 48-66
“America and the World,” in James M. Banner, Jr., ed., A Century of American Historiography
(Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2009).
Le «modèle américain» de la consummation de masse” (“The American Model of Mass Consumerism”) in special issue, Romain Huret, Jean-Christian Vinel, and Alexandre Rios-Bordes, eds., Les Cahiers d’Histoire
, 108 (Avril-Juin, 2009), pp. 111-144.
“Mass Consumerism in Global Perspective,” Clio at Beida
(Beijing), 14 (2009), pp. 175-228.
“Consumer Capitalism and the End of the Cold War,” in Odd Arne Westad and Melvyn P. Leffler, eds.,The Cambridge History of the Cold War
(Cambridge University Press, 2010).
“Progressive Internationalism and Reformed Capitalism: New Freedom to New Deal,” in John Milton Cooper, ed., Reconsidering Woodrow Wilson
(Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2008).
“Far Out: American Culture in the Space Age,” in Steven J. Dick, ed., Remembering the Space Age
(NASA History Division, 2008).
“Remembering Pearl Harbor before September 11, 2001,” in Marc Gallichio, ed.,The Unpredictability of the Past: Memories of the Asia-Pacific War in U.S.-East Asian Relations
(Duke University Press, 2007), pp. 15-48.