Paul Mellon Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge

Author of Liberty and Coercion: The Paradox of American Government, and historian of the twentieth-century United States speaking and writing on issues of American politics, immigration, and inequality


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“The Rise and Fall of America’s Neoliberal Order”

Proceedings of the Royal Historical Society (2018)

“Civic Ideals, Race, and Nation in the Age of Obama”

in Julian Zelizer, ed., The Presidency of Barack Obama: A First Historical Assessment (Princeton University Press, 2018)

Beyond the New Deal Order

a collection coedited with Nelson Lichtenstein and Alice O’Connor (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018)

Libertad y coacción: La paradoja del gobierno estadunidense desde su fundación hasta el presente

a Spanish edition of Liberty and Coercion published by Fondo de Cultura Economica (November 2017)



to Many Voices, One Nation: Material Culture Reflections on Race and Migration to the United States, edited by Maraget Salazar-Porzio and Joan Fragaszy Troyano with Lauren Safranek (Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2017), 3-9

“The Civil War and Statebuilding: A Reconsideration”

Journal of the Civil War Era, March 2017

“The Reach and Limits of the Liberal Consensus”

in Robert Mason and Iwan Morgan, eds., The Liberal Consensus Reconsidered: American Politics and Society in the Postwar Era (University of Florida Press, 2017), 52-66.

“Inclusion, Exclusion, and American Nationality”

In Ronald Bayor, ed., Handbook on American Immigration and Ethnicity (Oxford University Press, 2016), 144-165.

“The Contradictory Character of American Nationality: A Historical Perspective”

In Nancy Foner and Patrick Simone, eds., Fear and Anxiety over National Identity (Russell Sage Foundation, 2015), 33-58. (PDF)

“Does Democracy Have a Future?”

In Emmanuelle Avril and Johann Neem, eds., Democracy, Participation, and Contestation: Civil Society, Governance, and the Future of Liberal Democracy (Routledge, 2014), 285-90.

“Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Immigrant Political Incorporation: The American Experience”

International Labor and Working-Class History (Fall 2010), 110–117.

“The Resilient Power of the States Across the Long Nineteenth Century: An Inquiry into a Pattern of American Governance”

In Lawrence Jacobs and Desmond King, eds., The Unsustainable American State (Oxford University Press, 2009), 61–87. (PDF)

“In the Shadow of Vietnam: Liberal Nationalism and the Problem of War”

In Michael Kazin and Joseph McCartin, eds., Americanism: New Perspectives on the History of an Ideal (University of North Carolina, 2006), 128–152; translated into Portuguese as “Na sombra do Vietna: o nacionalismo liberal e o problema da guerra,” Tempo 25 (July–December 2008), 47–74. (PDF)

“The Immigrant as Threat to American Security: A Historical Perspective”

In John Tirman, ed., The Maze of Fear: Security and Migration after 9/11 (The New Press, 2004), 87–108; translated as “L’immigrant, une menace pour la securite americaine,” and anthologized in Pietro Causarano, et al., Le XX siecle des guerres (Paris: Les Editions de l’Atelier, 2004), 256–272. A revised and updated version of this essay appeared in Elliott R. Barkan, Hasia Diner, and Alan M. Kraut, eds., From Arrival to Incorporation: Migrants to the U.S. in a Global Era (NYU Press, 2008), 217–245. (PDF)

“Liberty, Coercion, and the Making of Americans”

Journal of American History 84 (September 1997), 524–558; with responses from David Hollinger and Donna Gabaccia, and a rejoinder, “The Power of Nations,” Journal of American History 84 (Sept. 1997), 576–80, from Gerstle. Anthologized in Charles Hirschman, Philip Kasinitz, and Josh DeWind, eds., The Handbook of International Migration: The American Experience (Russell Sage, 1999), 275–94. Translated and reprinted as “Libertad y coaccion en la conformacion de la nacion norte Americana,” in Desarrollo Económico: Revista de Ciencias Sociales 40 (July–September, 2000), 317–48. (PDF)

“Race and the Myth of the Liberal Consensus”

Journal of American History 82 (September 1995), 579–86. (PDF)

“The Protean Character of American Liberalism”

American Historical Review 99 (October 1994), 1043–1073. (PDF)

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