PhD, University of Houston, 2004

Current position:

Professor—the U.S. & the World Drew University

Select publications:


Rockin’ in the Ivory Tower: Rock Music on Campus in the Sixties.  (Rutgers University Press, 2023) 

Inventing Vietnam: The United States and State Building, 1954-1968.  (Cambridge University Press, 2008)

Book chapters/articles: 

“Campus Rock: Rock Music Culture on the College Campus during the Counterculture Sixties, 1967-8,” The Journal of Popular Music Studies 32, 3 (2020): 51-72. 

“‘The Lessons of the Last War are Clear:’ the Military-Industrial Complex, Private Contractors, & U.S. Foreign Policy,” in Failed States and Fragile Societies: A New World Disorder?  (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2014). 

“‘Shaky as All Hell,’ The U.S. and Nation Building in Southern Vietnam,” in The Routledge Handbook of Military and Diplomatic History, 1865 to the Present, Christos Frentzos & Antonio Thompson, editors.  (New York: Routledge Press, 2013).  

“‘The Needs are Enormous, the Time Short:’ American Advisors and the Invention of South Vietnam, 1954-1960,” in Vietnam War Era: People and Perspectives, Mitchell K. Hall & Peter C. Mancall, editors.  (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2009).

“‘A National Symphony of Theft, Corruption and Bribery,’ Anatomy of State Building from Iraq to Vietnam,” in Vietnam in Iraq: Tactics, Lessons, Legacies, and Ghosts, David Ryan & John Dumbrell, editors, Routledge Press, 2006.

“The Vietnam Builders: Military Construction, Private Contractors and the ‘Americanization’ of U.S. Involvement in Vietnam,” The Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies, 2:2 (November 2004): 44-63. 

Book reviews/essays have appeared in:

Peace & Change, The Journal of Military History, The Journal of American History, Reviews in American History, The American Historical Review, and The Journal of World History

Current research:

The Pentagon and public relations in the Vietnam War era

Awards in support of research:

Mellon Grant at Drew University in Digital Humanities, Spring 2019

Mellon Grant at Drew University in Digital Humanities, Digital Humanities Summer Institute, Summer, 2019