Associate Professor of History, University of Washington
I write and teach U.S. history at the University of Washington in Seattle. I've written about Silicon Valley, national politics, economic globalization, postindustrial cities, and higher education. My current research examines the technology industry's impact on politics, culture, and place since 1970.
In addition to my academic work, I work with government, business, and civic organizations on projects exploring how innovation drives growth and change. Most recently, I was the lead curatorial advisor to the Bezos Center for Innovation at Seattle's Museum of History and Industry.
I am an OAH Distinguished Lecturer, hold leadership roles in the Social Science History Association and the Urban History Association, and was a fellow of the National Forum on the Future of Liberal Education. I received my MA/PhD in History from the University of Pennsylvania and my BA from Northwestern.
In academic year 2014-15, I'll be in residence at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.
This website links to some of my writing and commentary and highlights some of my current projects. For the full download, here's my current CV.
"The only obligation we have to history is to rewrite it." Oscar Wilde
"Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history."
"Few learn much from history who do not bring much with them to its study." John Stuart Mill
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."
“News is what someone wants suppressed. Everything else is advertising."
Department of History
315 Smith Hall
Seattle, WA 98195-3560
+1 (206) 685-2928