Select Publications


Northern Men with Southern Loyalties: The Democratic Party and the Sectional Crisis.
Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2014.
Selected 2015 “Outstanding Academic Title” by Choice magazine.

Articles & Essays

Old Buck’s Lieutenant: Glancy Jones, James Buchanan, and the Northern Democracy.” The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography CXL (April 2016): 183-201.

“Union and Confederate Politics” in Essential Civil War Curriculum. Edited by
James Robertson, William Davis, and Paul Quigley. May 2015.
“Union and Confederate Politics”

“President Polk as a Southern Sectionalist” in A Companion to the Antebellum Presidents, 1837-1861. Edited by Joel Silbey (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014): 269-290.

“‘A Champion Had Come’: William Pitt Fessenden and the Republican Party, 1854-1860.” American Nineteenth Century History 9 (September 2008): 269-285.

Public History

New York Almanack
1860: A Southern Tourist Gives Saratoga, Lake George Mixed Reviews,” July 7, 2022

Simply Saratoga Magazine (Saratoga Springs, NY)
Saving Brookside,” Summer 2022 print edition

The Saratogian (Saratoga Springs, NY)
Saratoga History in Disney World,” Sept. 18, 2021

Times Union (Albany, NY)
2020: Staggering Crises,” Jan. 2, 2021
Southern Charm Suffers from Big History Problem,” Oct. 10, 2020
US Repeats Awful Past,” July 28, 2019

Smithsonian Magazine (Washington, DC)
The Little Mermaid Was Way More Subversive Than You Realized,” Nov. 5, 2019
Proposal to Change the Words We Use When Talking About the Civil War,” Sept. 9, 2015

The Washington Post (Washington, DC)
The United States Isn’t a Democracy,” Nov. 6, 2018
It’s Been 155 Years Since the Senate Expelled a Member,” Nov. 15, 2017

Black Perspectives (African American Intellectual History Society)
Antebellum Law and the Southern Justice System,” Mar. 6, 2018

Texas Tribune (Austin, TX)
Most ‘Civil War’ Memorials Have Nothing to Do with the Civil War,” Aug. 28, 2017

US Intellectual History Blog
Can Presidents Shape an Entire Era?,” May 25, 2017
The Case Against Andrew Jackson,” Oct. 28, 2016
Can Political History Be Intellectual History?,” Oct. 21, 2015

Mindpop (podcast, Dr. David Sehat)
How Does Change Happen?,” Mar. 30, 2017

Muster (blog of the Journal of the Civil War Era)
In ‘Defense’ of James Buchanan,” Jan. 5, 2017

The American Historian (Organization of American Historians)
Producing Ethically Engaged Students,” Aug. 12, 2015

History News Network
Are Republicans Courting Disaster with Trumpist Loyalty Tests?,” May 16, 2021
The Balance of Power in 2021 Rests with Two Senators,” Feb. 14, 2021
A Party in Secret Passes an Overwhelmingly Unpopular Law,” July 9, 2017
Trump is Proving to Be Like Andrew Jackson,” Jan. 31, 2017
The Movie About Reconstruction That You Forgot,” July 24, 2016
Film Claims Democratic Party was Pro-Slavery. Here’s the Truth,” Mar. 13, 2016
The Shameful History of the Democratic Party Before the Civil War,” June 7, 2015

The HAS Blog (Historians Against Slavery)
Disney, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ and Human Trafficking,” July 2, 2017

We’re History
Of Mice and Municipalities,” Oct. 8, 2016
Mutant American History: Told Through the X-Men Prequels,” June 18, 2016
Has Obama Survived the ‘2nd Term Curse’?,” Jan. 21, 2016
Do Career Politicians Make Good Presidents?,” Oct. 15, 2015
Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary: July 17, 1955,” July 17, 2015
Lindsey Graham’s History Problem,” June 9, 2015
The Dark Horse Danger: Democratic Lessons for Republicans in 2016,” Feb. 11, 2015

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