Ph.D., Univ of Michigan
At Rutgers since 2010
223A Van Dyck Hall
I am a political historian of the United States. I specialize in the twentieth century, especially post-World War II, and my interests in politics are quite broad. They include social policy and social politics; liberalism and conservatism and neoliberalism; second-wave feminism; and the military and militarization. I have published articles and opinion pieces in the Journal of Policy History, International Labor and Working Class History, the Journal of Women’s History, Social Politics, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times, among others.
- Gender and the U.S. Military
- Post-1945 U.S. History
- The History of Poverty and Economic Crisis in the United States
- The 1960s
- United States History since 1865
- U.S. Women's History
- U.S. History, PDR III
- The Teaching of History
- The Rise of the Military Welfare State (Harvard University Press, forthcoming fall 2015).
- From Welfare to Workfare, the Unintended Consequences of Liberal Reform, 1945-1965, (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005).
- Welfare in the United States: A History with Documents, co-authored and edited with Premilla Nadasen and Marisa Chappell (New York: Routledge, 2009.)
Articles and Essays
- “The Soldier-Breadwinner And The Army Family: Gender and Social Welfare in the Post-1945 U.S. Military and Society,” in Gender And The Long Postwar: Reconsiderations of the United States and the Two Germanys, 1945-1989, Karen Hagemann and Sonia Michel, eds., (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).
- “Stepping into It: Lessons Learned from Entering the History You’re Writing,” Journal of Policy History, Vol. 24, no. 1, (Winter 2012).
- “‘The Army is a Service Not a Job’: Unionization, Employment, and the Meaning of Military Service in the Late-Twentieth United States,” International Labor and Working-Class History, vol. 80, (Fall, 2011).
- “Women Participants in Armed Violence,” Review Essay, Journal of Women’s History, vol. 23, no. 3, (Fall 2011).
- “Philanthropy, Feminism, and Left Liberalism, 1960-1985,” Journal of Women’s History, vol. 20, no. 4, (Winter 2008).
Opinion Editorials and Media
- “Reimagining the Welfare State,” Jacobin, July 23, 2015, https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/07/fdr-social-security-gi-bill/
- Interview, America’s Democrats.org Netcast, May 27, 2012, http://www.americasdemocrats.org/2012/05/americasdemocrats-org-may-27th-2012/
- “Food Stamp Fight,” Lisa Levenstein and Jennifer Mittelstadt, Los Angeles Times, Feb. 6, 2012, http://articles.latimes.com/2012/feb/06/opinion/la-oe-levenstein-food-stamps-20120206
- “Social Safety Net at Risk,” Room for Debate, New York Times, May 9, 2011, http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/05/08/how-to-cut-the-military/shredding-the-militarys-social-safety-net
- Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2008-2009
- Institute for Arts and Humanities, Residency Fellowship, Penn State, Spring 2009 (declined)
- Institute for Arts and Humanities, Individual Faculty Award, Penn State, 2007
- Penn State Laboratory for Public Scholarship and Democracy Award, Penn State, 2007
- Kent Forster Award, Department of History, Penn State, 2006-2007
- Rock Ethics Institute Faculty Fellow, Penn State, 2007
- Children, Youth, and Families Consortium grant, Penn State, 2004-2005
- American Historical Association
- Organization of American Historians
- Social Science History Association
- Coordinating Council on Women’s History
- Society for Military History