Professor of History
505 Brevard #5
- Professor, University of Lynchburg
- Director, Archaeology Minor, University of Lynchburg, 2019-Present
- Instructor, Carnegie-Mellon University
- Director, Carnegie-Mellon University Teaching Center’s Summer Program
- Involved in organization of local and campus chapters of Habitat for Humanity
- Mentoring programs for “At-Risk” children
- Founding Director of the LCSR program
- Founding Director of the Center for the History and Culture of Central Virginia
- Visiting Researcher, Mystic Seaport Museum
- Doctor of Arts – Carnegie-Mellon University, 1984
- MA – Carnegie-Mellon University, 1979
- BA – Stonehill College, 1978
- United States Foreign Policy 1945-1968: The Bomb, Spies, Stories, and Lies (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, forthcoming).
- Clouds of White Sail: Fishermen, Racing, and the End of an Era (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, forthcoming).
- A Beacon Through the Years: A History of Lynchburg College, 1903-2003 (Virginia Beach: Donning Publishing Company, 2005).
- Editor, A Loss of Innocence: America and Central Virginia in the 1960s— Public History Series Source Book (Lynchburg: Center for the History and culture of Central Virginia at Lynchburg College, 2005).
- Caught in Irons: North Atlantic Fishermen in the Last Days of Sail (Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania: Susquehanna University Press, 2002).
- Editor, Getting By, Making Do, and Moving On: Central Virginia and the Great Depression—Public History Series Source Book (Lynchburg: Center for the History and Culture of Central Virginia at Lynchburg College, 2002).
- Editor, A Time of Choices: Central Virginia at the Turn of the Twentieth Century— Public History Series Source Book (Lynchburg: Center for the History and Culture of Central Virginia at Lynchburg College, 2000).
- Editor, Home Front, Frontline, Homecoming: Central Virginia, 1939-1945—Public History Series Source Book (Lynchburg: Center for the History and Culture of Central Virginia at Lynchburg College, 1998).
- Editor, Through the Years: Essays in Lynchburg College History, 1903-1984 (Lynchburg: H. E. Howard, Inc., 1988).
- “Does History Take Sides? The Problem of Evoking the Past to Justify Policy,” American Diplomacy, June 2011.
- “The Perils of Moralism: Understanding the Libyan Intervention in the Context of American Idealism,” Foreign Policy Journal, April 2011.
- “Lynchburg College and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ),” The Virginia Christian, May/June 2004.
- “Stability, Growth, and Change: Lynchburg College, 1948-2003,” Lynch’s Ferry: A Journal of Local History, Fall/Winter 2003/2004.
- “Envisioning the Future: Presidential Leadership at Lynchburg College, 1903-2003,” Lynchburg College Magazine, Fall 2003.
- “Dreams, Hopes, and Realities: Lynchburg College’s First Half Century,” Lynch’s Ferry: A Journal of Local History, Spring/Summer 2003.
- “Fulfilling A Dream: Lessons From One Hundred Years of Lynchburg College History,” Lynchburg College Magazine, Spring 2003.
- ‘Bucking the Inevitable’: Industrial Capitalism and North Atlantic Fishermen in the Last Days of Sail,” The Northern Mariner, January 2002.
- “Standing on Principle: A Look at the Religious Controversy of 1926 at Lynchburg College,” Lynchburg College Magazine, Fall 2001.
- “From Fo’c’sle Tales to Union Strikes: Working Class Tradition and the Struggle for Worker Control Among North Atlantic Fishermen in the Last Days of Sail,” The American Neptune, Summer, 2001.
- “‘Strong Are the Principles Which Founded Thee’: Lynchburg College in the Early Years,” Lynchburg College Magazine, Spring 2001.
- “Class and Community in Gloucester: Sources of Anti-Industrialism in the New England Fishing Town,” The American Neptune, Spring 1999.
- “A Tale of Three Skippers,” Sea History, Autumn 1997.
- “The Real Captains Courageous: Romanticism and Reality in the Last Days of Fishing Under Sail,” The Log of Mystic Seaport, May 1996. This essay won the 1996 Gerald E. Morris Prize for Best Essay in Maritime History.
- “Between Hegemony and Autonomy: The Skilled Iron Workers’ Search for Identity, 1900-1930,” Labor History, Summer 1994.
- “Allegheny-Ludlum Steel Corporation,” “The A.M. Byers Company,” “Edward J. Hanley,” “Interlake Steel Company,” and “Reynold C. McDonald,” in Bruce E. Seely, (ed.), The Steel Industry in the 20th Century, part of the Encyclopedia of American Business History and Biography series, (New York: Facts on File, 1994).
- “Laboring on the Periphery: Managers and Workers at the A.M. Byers Company, 1900-1956,” Business History Review, Spring 1987.
- “Brother Against Brother: The Amalgamated and Sons of Vulcan at the A.M. Byers Company, 1907-1913,” The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, April 1987.
- “Community and Communism: The 1928 New Bedford Textile Strike,” Labor History, Spring 1985.
- Book Reviews have appeared in The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Labor History,Pennsylvania Magazine, Business History Review, and Journal of Social History.
- Editorial Board, Lynch’s Ferry: A Journal of Local History, 2000-2006.
- Lynch’s Ferry: A Journal of Local History, Spring 2006.
- Focused on Central Virginia in the 1960s, this issue was based on material developed for A Loss of Innocence: America and Central Virginia in the 1960s— Public History Series Source Book.
- “‘Courage to Undertake Great Works’: A Proud Lynchburg College Tradition,” Anderson Leadership Conference, 2015.
- “Fighting the Last War: Perspectives on U.S. Foreign Policy Since 1945,” Lynchburg College Teacher Symposium, 2009.
- “Beauty, Romanticism, and Working Class Sport,” Keynote Address, American Schooner Association Annual Meeting, 2006.
- Co-presenter, “Teaching the Classics in Freshmen Courses,” Freshman Year Experience Conference, 1991.
- Co-presenter, “Guarding Against Mental Dryrot,” Freshman Year Experience Conference, 1991.
- “Between Hegemony and Autonomy: Iron Workers in Industrial Pittsburgh, 1900-1930,” Ohio Valley History Conference, 1987.
- “Brother Against Brother: Rival Unionism at the A.M. Byers Company, 1907-1913,” Pennsylvania Historical Association Annual Meeting, 1986.
- “Company History as Social History: Reconstructing the Experience of Iron Workers at the A.M. Byers Company,” Duquesne History Forum, 1982.
Works in Progress
- The Looking Glass Syndrome: Trying to Explain American History Since the 1990s.
- With David J. Lipani, A Radical Proposal: A Common Sense Plan to Reinvigorate the Teaching of the Liberal Arts.
- 2000: T.A. Abbott Award for Faculty Excellence
- 1999: Shirley Rosser Excellence in Teaching Award
- World Civilizations
- American Social History
- America in the 1960s
- United States to 1877
- United States since 1877
- Rise of the American City
- United States and the World
- Introduction to Historical Study and Writing
- Seminar in History
- Seminar in Research Methods for Historians
The main focus in all the content courses is legacies – how has the past shaped today?
Style – lots of discussion, debates and role-plays to make history come alive. The research methods classes feature a lot of hands-on experience.
- United State diplomatic, labor, social, urban, southern, maritime, and local history interests
- Book and articles on fisherman in the last days of sail, the history of University of Lynchburg, and U.S. foreign policy
- Articles on Pittsburgh iron workers
- Research on Central Virginia history and culture
Married with one son, I am into cycling, sailing, and old cars. Family is my first priority with teaching and social service a close second.