Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1988
E311 Thompson Hall
Office Phone: 716/673-3881
New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2000
My research focuses on international relations and the formation of foreign policy
in the modern period. I am fascinated by the way factors such as economic, political,
social, and cultural domestic trends affect individual actors and create change.
Presently, I am working on the influence of Stephen Girard on the creation of economic
instruments and institutions during the Revolutionary and early national period.
Teaching is usually a facet of my research. I teach courses in American foreign policy,
the American style of war, including Vietnam and Iraq, the modern Middle East, and
world history. I am strongly committed to critical thinking, analysis, and writing.
Courses I have taught
HIST 342 American Diplomatic History, 1896-present
HIST 391 American Military History, 1800-1945,
HIST 332 US History: Interwar Years, 1919-1940,
HIST 350 Vietnam and Growth of the National Security State,
HIST 332 American Century
HIST 399 Cold War in International Context,
Honors Course: America and Vietnam
HIST 261 Islamic Civilization
HIST 361 Modern Middle East
HIST 102 World History 1500-present
HIST 399 World in the Twentieth Century
HIST 386 Global Encounters.
Graduate Courses: Readings in World History; Research in American History