Research/Areas of Interest:
Industrial and Urban U.S., Immigration
PhD, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States, 1981
MA, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States, 1976
MA, University of Chicago, Chicago, United States, 1973
BA, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, United States, 1970
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.