I am a Professor of modern German History and the Sagrera Family Memorial/BORSF Endowed Professorship in History at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. I specialize in the areas of nationalism, antisemitism, globalization, and political culture. My first book, Bismarck’s Shadow: The Cult of Leadership and the Transformation of the German Right, 1898-1945 looked at the ways in which the image of Otto von Bismarck was manipulated and used by various political actors, primarily on the Right, to advance their own agendas. Ultimately, it shows how the Cult of Bismarck helped prepare the ground for the rise and eventual success of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.
My current book project explores the relationship between antisemitism and globalization in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century with a focus on Germany and the United States.
My newest book, States of Exclusion: A New Wave of Fascism, is a collection of essays in which I use German history, and particularly the history of the Third Reich, to help us better understand Trump’s America and to warn us about the dangers we face.