I am a historian of Modern European thought, especially Europe’s engagement with the wider world. My studies and teachings have concentrated on modern European history, political institution building, and religious thought.
My first book, The Weimar Century: German Émigrés and the Ideological Foundations of the Cold War (Princeton University Press, 2014), uncovers the intellectual, political, and institutional forces that shaped Germany’s reconstruction after World War II and the broader ideological genesis of the Cold War. By tracing the careers of influential German émigrés of diverse theoretical and political backgrounds, it claims that political ideas from Weimar Germany (1918-1933) were fundamental in molding the postwar order in Europe and the construction of American global hegemony. It was awarded the Council of European Studies’ 2016 Book Prize (for best first book in European studies published in 2014-2015). Chinese, German, Korean, and Hebrew translations are forthcoming. You can read more about it here.
I am currently working on a second book-length project, tentatively titled Religious Pluralism in the Age of Violence: Catholics and Protestants from Animosity to Peace 1870-1970. This project explores the intersections between modern religious thought and global politics. It investigates how transformations in global politics–the rise of Nazism, the unfolding of the Cold War, and the the process of European decolonization in Asia and Africa–helped facilitate the end of the prolonged religious animosities between Protestants and Catholics. Drawing on multiple sources and archives, this project uncovers the relationship between dramatic intellectual and international transformations. Articles related to this project have appeared or are forthcoming in the Journal of the History of Ideas, Journal of Modern History, and the American Historical Review.
At Dartmouth, I teach classes on Modern European history, with focus on intellectual history, international politics, German history, and WWII. In 2016, I was voted by the senior class as Dartmouth’s best professor, and was awarded the Jerome Goldstein Award for Distinguished Teaching. You can see some syllabi here.