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Assistant Professor

Office: 306 McGraw Hall
Phone: (607) 255-2311
Fax: (607) 255-0469

Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday: 1:30-2:30; by appointment


I specialize in United States political and social history after World War II. My research explores the ways that politics and public policy intersect with gender, race and class inequality. I am particularly interested in how social movements, electoral politics and the administration of government services have helped shape notions of state responsibility for social problems.

My current book project chronicles efforts during the 1970s to enact "tough" welfare, drug, and anti-crime laws. It argues that the embrace of a punitive logic in social and criminal policy helped trigger welfare-state retrenchment and mass-incarceration, and fundamentally restructured conceptions of citizenship and state legitimacy.


Fall 2015:
HIST 1640
U.S. History since the Great Depression
HIST 4202
The Politics of Inequality: The History of the U.S. Welfare State
Spring 2016:
HIST 2422
The History of the U.S. Prison
HIST 2680
The United States in the 1960s and 1970s


Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2010
B.A. Bard College, 1997

Recent Publications and Awards


“Guns and Butter: The Welfare State, the Carceral State, and the Politics of Exclusion in the Postwar United States.” Journal of American History 102, no. 1 (2015): 87–99. 

 “Welfare Crises, Penal Solutions, and the Origins of the ‘Welfare Queen,'” Journal of Urban History (2015).  

"Militarizing the Police: Officer Jon Burge's Torture and Repression in the 'Urban Jungle'," in Stephen Hartnett, ed., Challenging the Prison-Industrial Complex: Activism, Arts, and Educational Alternatives (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, December 2010).

"'The Attila the Hun Law': New York's Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Making of a Punitive State," Journal of Social History (September 2010): 71-96.

"'The Crime of Survival': Fraud Prosecutions, Community Surveillance, and the Original 'Welfare Queen,'" Journal of Social History (Winter 2007): 329-354.


Theme Project Team Member: "Causes, Consequences, and Future of Mass Incarceration in the United States," Institute for Social Sciences, Cornell University, 2015-2018

Member, School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, 2014-2015 

Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) New Faculty Fellowship, 2011-2013 (declined)

Joseph Ward Swain Publication Prize, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2011

Visiting Scholar, Columbia University, Heyman Center for the Humanities, 2010-2011

Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Recent Doctoral Recipient Fellowship, 2010-2011

American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Fellowship for Dissertation Completion, 2009-2010

Graduate College Dissertation Travel Grant, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2007-2008

Nicholson-IPRH Fellowship, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, 2007-2008

Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by a Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2006-2007

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for a Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2006-2007

King V. Hostick Award from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Illinois State Historical Society, 2006-2007

Larry R. Hackman Research Residency at the New York State Archives, 2007