Field & Specialties
20th Century United States History
History of Gambling
M.A. University of Virginia (2015)
B.A. McGill University (2013)
All In: Gambling in the Twentieth Century United States, coedited with David G. Schwartz (Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2018).
Long Walk Home: Reflections on Bruce Springsteen, coedited with June Skinner Sawyers (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2019)
"'Put the Gangsters Out of Business': Gambling Legalization and the War on Organized Crime," Journal of Policy History (forthcoming 2019)
“Lost in the Flood: Bruce Springsteen’s Political Consciousness and the Vietnam War, 1968-2014” in Bruce Springsteen and Popular Music: Rhetoric, Social Consciousness, and Contemporary Culture ed. William I. Wolff (New York: Routledge, 2017), 17-30.
Review, Krister Swanson, Baseball’s Power Shift: How the Players Union, The Fans, and the Media Changed American Sports Culture (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2016) and Matthew Futterman, Players: The Story of Sports and Money, and the Visionaries Who Fought to Create a Revolution (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016) in Journal of Sports History Vol 44 No. 1 (2017): 129-131.
“‘Can Music Save Your Mortal Soul?’: A Bibliographic Survey of Rock as Religion,” Intermountain West Journal of Religious Studies, Vol. 7 No. 1 (2016): 46-86.
“This is Your Hometown: Collective Memory, Industrial Flight, and the Fate of Freehold, New Jersey,” New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 2 No. 1 (2016): 185-212.
“Spaceflight and the Separation of Church and State,” Astropolitics: The International Journal of Space Politics & Policy, Vol. 11 No. 1-2 (2013): 100-107.
My dissertation, For a Dollar and a Dream: State Lotteries and American Inequality, examines state lotteries in the twentieth century United States.
I have written on the history of gambling for The Washington Post, The Hill, We're History, Backstory, Vox, and Public Seminar, and my work was recently cited in an amicus brief on the Supreme Court case Christie v. National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Awards & Honors
2018: Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, American Council of Learned Socities
2017: Visiting Fellowship, History Department, Harvard University
2016: Corcoran Department of History Prize for Undergraduate Teaching, University of Virginia Alumni Association
2016: Tobin Project Graduate Fellowship, The Tobin Project
2016: Bankard Pre-Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Virginia
2016: Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Fellowship, New York State Archives
2016: Grant-in-Aid, Rockefeller Archive Center
2016: Raven Society Fellowship, Raven Society, University of Virginia
2015: William R. Eadington Residency Fellowship, Center for Gaming Research, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
2015: Bernard Bellush Prize, New York Labor History Association
2015: Graduate Student Paper Award, New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance
2014, 2015: Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship, University of Virginia
2014: Sam Fishman Travel Grant, Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University
2014: Summer Research Grant, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia
2013: Research Fellowship, Kentucky Historical Society
2013: Newman Family Jefferson Fellowship, Jefferson Scholars Foundation
United State History Since 1945 (summer 2017)
America and War, 1900-2015 (spring 2016 and fall 2016)
The South in the Twentieth Century (spring 2015)
The Coming of the Civil War (fall 2014)
Gambling Compliance, “Massachusetts To Take Its Time on Sports Betting,” April 22, 2019.
Wicked Local (Cambridge, MA), “How Sports Betting Could Change Gambling in Massachusetts,” February 19, 2019.
Bloomberg, “Lotteries are Doing More Damage to Those Who Can Least Afford It,” September 12, 2018.
Gimlet Media (Every Little Thing podcast), “Who Invented the Scratch Ticket?” May 14, 2018.
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Michael Paul Williams Show podcast), “American Gambling and its Virginia Roots,” April 26, 2018.
Mercury News (San Jose, CA), “Powerball Jackpot Grows to $478 million, but Mania is Nowhere to be Found,” July 29, 2016.