I am particularly interested in United States political and diplomatic history. In recent years, I have focused my research on the multiplicity of factors, including Jewish public opinion and organizations, that influenced American foreign policy-making in the Middle East, with an emphasis on Israel.
I have now turned my attention to United States-Canada relations. My current project is a study of the political and economic ties between Canada and the United States in the 1970s, with an emphasis on how Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau and President Richard M. Nixon responded to a series of economic and nationalistic crisies.
In 1999, I established the Jewish Studies Program at CSULB. Although I no longer direct the program, I continue to be involved in the local Jewish community as a lecturer on issues of American Jewish history.
“A Southern Jewish Senator and Israel: J. William Fulbright’s Accusations of Undue Jewish Influence over American Foreign Policy in the Middle East,” Journal of Southern Jewish History (Fall 2011), pages 112-36
“Ethnic Influences on American Foreign Policy: American Jewry and President Jimmy Carter,” Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, Fall 2010, pages 119-54
“Different Approaches to a Regional Search for Balance: The Johnson Administration, the State Department, and the Middle East, 1964-1967,” Diplomatic History (January 2008), 25-54
“Promoting Air Power: The Influence of the United States Air Force on the Creation of the National Security State during the Truman Administration,” Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy (Spring 2005), 477-99
“Senator Jacob K. Javits and Soviet Jewish Emigration,” Shofar: An Interndisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies (Summer 2003), 1-13