As Associate Professor of History at The New School, I study the politics and culture of the modern United States, including issues of gender, race, class, and identity. My first book, Classroom Wars: Language, Sex, and the Making of Modern Political Culture (Oxford, 2015), explores the roots of the culture wars in American public schools, specifically amid heated battles over sexuality and bilingual education. My latest research traces the rise of “wellness culture” since the 1950s, asking how and why Americans have increasingly linked food and fitness regimes to the pursuit of self-fulfillment.
These scholarly pursuits are closely linked to my wellness activism as co-founder of HealthClass2.0, an experiential health education program that bridges a wellness gap in public school education and connects university mentors with K-12 students. I am also a Premiere Leader of intenSati, an innovative mind-body practice, which I teach at Equinox Fitness and privately.
My writing has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, and The Huffington Post, and I write a biweekly “fitness history” column for Well+Good and am a co-host of the Past Present Podcast. I’ve been featured as an expert historian on venues such as Brian Lehrer TV, The History Channel, and in The Atlantic. My work in wellness has been covered by many publications including The Guardian, Well+Good, Univision, and Fox 5 NY. I received a BA from Columbia College and a MA and Ph.D. from Stanford University, all in History. I live and work in New York City.