About me

I am VP, editor in chief at Basic Books, where I’ve worked since 2015. I acquire and publish primarily in history, and selectively in politics and law. Books I’ve edited and published include the New York Times bestsellers Slouching Towards Utopia, by Brad DeLong, and Myth America, edited by Kevin Kruse and Julian Zelizer; Jefferson Cowie’s Freedom’s Dominion, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History; Martha S. Jones’s Vanguard, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History; Walter Johnson’s The Broken Heart of America, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Peniel E. Joseph’s The Third Reconstruction and Jonathan Metzl’s Dying of Whiteness, both winners of the RFK Book Award; and Marc David Baer’s The Ottomans, shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize. Other highlights in US history include Erika Lee’s America for Americans and Alice Baumgartner’s South to Freedom. Other highlights in world history include Martyn Rady’s The Habsburgs; Roderick Beaton’s The Greeks; and Edward J. Watts’s Mortal Republic, and in politics and law, Jonathan Sacks’s Morality, Dorothy Roberts’s Torn Apart, and Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz’s To End a Presidency.

Previously, from 2011 through 2015, I worked at Harvard University Press, where I acquired and edited a number of prizewinning books, among them Elizabeth Hinton’s From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime and Matthew Karp’s This Vast Southern Empire.

I received a Ph.D. in history from Yale, where my training focused on twentieth-century US politics and culture; you can read more about my dissertation here. I’m also a graduate of Harvard, where I concentrated in history and literature.

I live in the Hudson Valley of New York.

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