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I teach modern European history, from the “age of enlightenment/progress” in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to the “barbaric era” of two world wars, holocaust, and a divided continent in the twentieth. In graduate school at Yale (1989-1995), I wrote a dissertation on the antimilitarist activities of the French left in the decades before the First World War (“From Revolutionaries to Citizens,” Duke University Press, 2002). From 1996-1999, I was editor of the academic journal “Holocaust and Genocide Studies” at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, where I also became involved with a documentary film on the bombing of Auschwitz controversy (“They Looked Away,” 2003; narrated by Mike Wallace).

Since then, my interests have expanded into the fields of history and memory, ethnic cleansing/genocide, and the Yugoslav wars of secession. I am currently completing a book for Oxford University Press entitled “'It’s Nothing': The Sarajevo Assassination and the Wry Origins of World War I,” and have published articles related to this project in “Austria History Yearbook,” “Central Europe,” “The Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies,” and the 'Made by History' section of “The Washington Post.” I am always eager to involve students with my research!


Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.A., Yale University
B.A. in History, Arizona State University

Research Interests

  • History & Memory

  • Origins of World War I (and the memory of the Sarajevo assassination)

  • Genocide/Ethnic Cleansing in the Former Yugoslavia

  • Nazi Germany and the Holocaust

  • 19th-Century France and Germany

Recent Courses

  • HIS 2T02: The West in Crisis, 1900-1945

  • HIS 2106: The Holocaust in Film and Literature

  • HIS 2241: Fathoming Evil: Genocide

Selected Publications

  • "Embers of Empire: Continuity and Rupture in the Habsburg Successor States after 1918" (Berghahn, 2019)

  • "From Revolutionaries to Citizens: Antimilitarism in France, 1870-1914" (Duke University Press, 2002)


Clubs and community involvement

  • Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society

Awards and Honors

  • European Union Marie Curie Fellowship, University of Birmingham (2011-2013)

  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship (2009)

  • Franklin Research Grant, The American Philosophical Society (2008)

  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, East European Studies Division (2008)

  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend (2006)

  • J. William Fulbright Lecturing/Research Award, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2004-2005)

  • Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant, The American Historical Association (2004)