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  • Position:

    • Professor
  • Concentration:

    • United States History: gender and sexuality, race, environment
    • History of modernity
    • Public and Oral history
  • Department:

    • History
  • Education:

    • B.A. City College of New York
    • M.A. University of California, Santa Barbara
    • Ph.D. Cornell University



As a scholar and teacher I am especially interested in ideas, institutions, experiences, and relationships of power that are associated with modernity, gender, and race and with natural and built environments. I have published The 'Girl Problem': Female Sexual Delinquency in New York 1900-1930 (Cornell University Press) and am co-editor with Sharon Block and Mary Beth Norton of Major Problems in American Women's History: Documents and Essays, now in its 5th edition with Cengage (2014). My articles, essays, and book chapters have appeared in the Journal of Women's History, the Journal of American History and American Quarterly, and in two edited collections, Small Worlds: Childhood and Adolescence in America 1850-1950 and Sexual Borderlands. My current research project is tentatively titled: Reward and Risk at Sublime Heights: Recreational Culture, Nature, and Democracy on Longs Peak since the Nineteenth Century.


In addition to being a member of the History Department, I am a Principal Investigator in the Public Lands History Center at CSU. I conduct research related to the interpretation and use of environmental and cultural resources for the National Park Service, other public lands agencies, and municipal and state entities.


I am also involved in the College of Liberal Arts' Community Engagement program at the CSU Center in Todos Santos, Mexico. Every fall semester the CLA offers a suite of linked courses in disciplines across the liberal arts to students who want a study-abroad experience that is interdisciplinary, thematically focused, and offers rich opportunities for engagement with the local community. In my course, History, Community, and Environment in Mexico, students learn about the history of Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, and Mexico through site visits and by conducting oral history interviews with members of the local community. For more information see,


As a faculty member on transitional retirement teaching only in fall semesters, I am no longer serving as a major field adviser for graduate students.




Spring semester 2020: no regular office hours but frequently on campus. Please email for appointments.


  • HIST 501: Historical Methods

  • HIST 415: Study Abroad: History, Community, and Environment in Mexico


    This course is part of the CLA Community Engagement Program in Todos Santos, Mexico. The course combines experiential educational practices with Public History and Environmental History theory and methods. Most importantly, students and faculty will meet and conduct oral history interviews with a range of community members and organizations, from teachers and high school students, to cultural leaders, ranchers, conservation scientists, environmental educators, and members of women’s organizations.