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University of Kansas
|List Affiliations:||Reviewer for H-War
|Interests:||American History / Studies
Cultural History / Studies
Diplomacy and International Relations
European History / Studies
Labor History / Studies
Law and Legal History
Political History / Studies
Social History / Studies
I received my PhD from the University of Kansas in US, Military, and Modern European History in Spring 2012. My dissertation, “A Paranoid State: The American Public, Military Surveillance and the Espionage Act of 1917,” highlights the activities of the U.S. Army’s Military Intelligence Division to investigate and prosecute civilians on the home front. I have found that the majority of intelligence officers were hand-picked citizens who exhibited the same cultural, social, and political values of the professional middle-class from which they came. My research emphasizes the fact that war hysteria does not go far enough to explain the great lengths to which the military and civil government agencies went to prosecute civilians under the Espionage Act of 1917. Instead, I apply a model of political paranoia used by political scientists and social psychologists to explain intelligence officers’ behavior, which cut across social, cultural, political, and religious spheres, and contextualize their activities within the Progressive Era. Additionally, I explore another aspect of America’s involvement in the First World War in “Breakthrough and Pursuit,” a chapter in _A Concise History of the Meuse-Argonne_ edited by Ed Lengel and forthcoming from Wiley/Blackwell in 2013. In my chapter, I examine the understudied final phase of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive with particular attention to the First Infantry Division’s muddled attempt to capture Sedan. Furthermore, I am writing a chapter on U.S. military planning in the interwar period for _The Routledge Handbook of U.S. Diplomatic and Military History, 1865 to the Present_.
Additionally, I received the US Army's Center of Military History Dissertation Fellowship for the academic year 2010-2011; was a West Point Summer Seminar Fellow in 2009; received the Sherman & Irene Dreiseszun Scholarship for International Studies from the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Foundation in 2009; and the Society for Military History Russell F. Weigley Graduate Student Travel Grant Award in 2011. I have presented papers at the annual conference of the Society for Military History in 2008 and 2011, and the Organization of American Historians in 2010. In addition, I have written book reviews in the Journal of Military History and encyclopedia entries for ABC-CLIO.