Mary Ann Lippitt Professor of American History, Chair of History


Born in North Carolina and raised and educated in the West, I have been fortunate to study and work in many different parts of the country. I teach and write about twentieth-century U.S. history, and my interests range widely over urban history, the history of American politics and political culture, and American society and culture in the long post-World War II era. My first book, American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland (Princeton, 2003), won four professional prizes, including the James A. Rawley prize from the Organization of American Historians (OAH). My second book, All in the Family: The Realignment of American Democracy Since the 1960s (Hill and Wang, 2012), is about gender, sexuality, and political culture in the U.S. from 1964 to 2004. I currently have three projects in various stages of development: 1) an anthology co-edited with Nancy Cott and Margot Canaday about gender, sexuality, and governance in the United States since the late nineteenth century; 2) a book project called The Best Years of Our Lives about houses, cars, and children in the twentieth-century American economy; and 3) a book project entitled Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee: The Politics of the Body in Postwar America, about contests over gendered, raced, and sexed bodies in American politics since World War II. I am also the co-author (with Rebecca Edwards and Eric Hinderaker) of a college-level textbook, America's History, published by Bedford/St. Martin's.

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