I am currently Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Boston College. I am an intellectual historian of twentieth-century social science and modern France. My work focuses on the sociology of scientific ideas and their relationship to economics, politics, and institutions, and covers topical regions that include the history of public policy expertise, management theory and business history, labor history, the history of technology, and Marxism.
My first book tells the transatlantic history of the concept of “industrial society,” an interdisciplinary social-scientific paradigm that came to guide European and American social-democratic thought after World War II. It describes how postwar sociology gave rise to a new form of political knowledge in social-democratic politics and the public sphere.
While at Boston College, I have been awarded the Presidential Fellowship, the Dean of Summer Session Teaching Fellowship, and the Donald J. White Award for Teaching Excellence. In the BC history core, I have taught sequences on European, African, and Asian history, as well as designed my own versions of the core sequences that intertwined European intellectual history with the history of capitalism and empire.
My writing on politics, history, and social science has appeared in a number of publications, including The New Republic, Dissent, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Commonweal, Jacobin, and others. I previously worked as a writer and editor for Newsweek, The Daily Beast, and Slate.