I study the effects of industrialization and globalization in U. S. history. I first worked as Research Editor of the Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups (awarded the Waldo Leland Prize of the American Historical Association). I also authored Avenues to Adulthood (on social mobility) and Postwar Immigrant America. I have also edited The New Americans (with Mary C. Waters and Helen Marrow), and America’s Changing Neighborhoods (selected as a Best Reference Work by Library Journal.)
A member of the History Department faculty since 1981, I co-chair a consortium in which Tufts is a participating institution, the Inter-University Committee on International Migration at the MIT Center for International Studies, and am also a Research Associate at the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard. I have written for the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, and the New Republic. I am currently at work on a book about immigration and citizenship and a U.S. history textbook.
- PhD Harvard University, 1981
- MA Harvard University, 1976
- MA University of Chicago, 1973
- BA University of California, Los Angeles, 1970, Summa Cum Laude
Industrial and Urban U.S., Immigration
Selected Honors and Awards
Selected Publications and Presentations
- The New Americans (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2007). Co-editor with Mary C. Waters and Helen Marrow.
- A Companion to American Immigration (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006). Editor.
- "Pushing the Atlantic Envelope: Inter-Oceanic Perspectives on Atlantic History." In Jorge Canizares-Esguerra and Erik Seeman, eds., Beyond the Line (Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 2006).
- Advisory Editor, New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (New York: Charles Scribner's, 2005). Choice, Outstanding Academic Title.
- "Historical Patterns of Immigrant Status and Incorporation in the United States." In Gary Gerstle and John Mollenkopf, eds., E Pluribus Unum? (New York: Russell Sage, 2002).
- "The Progressive State and the Legacy of Collective Immigrant Identities." In Morton Keller and R. Shep Melnick, eds., Taking Stock (Cambridge, Eng.: Cambridge University Press, 1999).
- Postwar Immigrant America: A Social History (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1994).
- Avenues to Adulthood: Origins of the High School and Social Mobility in an American Suburb (Cambridge, Eng.: Cambridge University Press, 1987).
- Research Editor, Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1980). Waldo Leland Prize, American Historical Association.
- Associate Editor, Journal of Interdisciplinary History (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press), Quarterly Issues.
- New Immigrants and Civic Traditions (Cambridge University Press)
- American History in Global Perspective (Pearson Prentice Hall)