I have an M.A. in international relations from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD in history from UC Santa Barbara. My area of historical research is the history of U.S. foreign policy toward early Cold War Italy. In the past few years, my research has focused on individual Italian Americans, and the various ways in which they acted as informal diplomats and public intellectuals in an effort to shape U.S. policy toward fascist (and, later, communist) Italy.
I am Assistant Professor in the History Department at the California State University, San Marcos. The varied courses that I teach include the history of U.S. Foreign Policy, the History of Citizenship, Religion in America, Ideas in America, and U.S. History since 1865.
In addition to teaching, I serve as Campus Coordinator for the American Democracy Project and as a member of the Civility Campaign at CSU San Marcos. I am wedded to the conviction that civic agency--the capacities of citizens to work collaboratively across differences such as partisan ideology, faith, income, geography, and ethnicity to address common challenges, solve problems, and create common ground—is a cornerstone of a healthy democracy, and one of the most important skills and dispositions that I can teach my students.