Argentine Literature, 20th century, Education history, Experiential Education, Latin American culture
…History of Education Society UK (member of Executive Committee)
Royal Historical Society (Fellow)
British Educational Research Association (BERA) (History SIG convenor)
Social History Society
Society for the History of Childhood and Youth (SHCY)
British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS)…
I am a cultural historian of knowledge, education and ideas. My first book, Generational Conflict and University Reform: Oxford in the Age of Revolution, won the 2014 Kevin Brehony Prize for the best first book in the history of education. My new book, Masculinity and Science in Britain, 1831-1918, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017. I am currently working on a study of the influence of classical scholarship and ancient natural philosophy on the emergence of the natural and physical sciences in the first half of the nineteenth century for OUP. I am a member of the Executive Committee of the History of Education Society and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
I am an educator, historian, and critic. I possess a doctorate in U.S. history from Loyola University Chicago, with specialties in cultural and intellectual history, as well as the history of education. That work resulted in a book, The Dream of a Democratic Culture: Mortimer J. Adler and the Great Books Idea (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). I co-founded both the U.S. Intellectual History Blog and the Society for U.S. Intellectual History. Articles by me have appeared in the Journal of the History of Ideas, American Catholic Studies, The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, U.S. Catholic Historian, Public Seminar, and various encyclopedias. I am currently working on two book manuscripts—one on ‘great books cosmopolitanism’ and another on anti-intellectualism and ignorance in post-WWII America. On top of history and education, I also enjoy talking beer, Catholicism, politics, popular culture, and baseball. When I’m in an analytical mode, I tend, of course, toward historical thinking and qualitative (non-analytic) philosophy.
Rhetoric and composition; American Studies; Writing Studies; Teacher Education; Educational History; Creative Nonfiction.
Since 2012 Professor for modern history and history education at at the School of Education FHNW (and managing the Departement for Social Sciences Education incl. History, Geography, Philosophy, Religion and Education) and a member of the Institute for Educational Sciences at the University of Basel (Switzerland). Before 2012 has has hold different positions at German universities: Assistant Professor (Bochum), Visiting Professor (Jena, Siegen) or Research Assistant (Münster, Dortmund, Leipzig). Selected List of Publications and Presentations
Disability Studies, African American Literature, Urban Education, American Literature, Poetry, Creative Writing, Contemporary Poetry, Literature, Philosophy and Critical Theory, Gender Studies, Art History, History, Philosophy and Sociology
Scholarship: History of the Book, Eighteenth-Century British Literature, Samuel Johnson, Jane Austen, Samuel Richardson Professional: Graduate education, Future of the PhD, Interdisciplinary research and education in the humanities