I was born and raised in New York City and attended the Bronx High School of Science and Stanford University, where I received a B.A. in American Studies. I received my Ph.D. in United States History at Rutgers University. I have taught at the College of New Jersey and at Purchase College, a small public institution that is part of the State University of New York system. At Purchase, besides teaching courses in History and Women’s Studies, I assumed a number of administrative responsibilities, eventually becoming Associate Provost for Integrative Learning and Vice President for Student Affairs. I came to CSULB in 2008 as Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies and currently serve as Interim Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies.
I have written and lectured on nineteenth-century middle-class culture, the literary marketplace, race relations, immigration and ethnicity, and global feminist movements. I am the author of Elizabeth Stoddard and the Boundaries of Bourgeois Culture (Routledge). My current interest is the history of American higher education–the ways in which colleges and universities have sought to accommodate diverse student populations, and how the meaning of higher education has shifted as a consequence.