About Me

I am Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. I am also the Academic Director of the Clemente Course in the Humanities, in New Bedford MA. Author of "Social Security and the Middle Class Squeeze" (Praeger, 2005) and the forthcoming "Saul Alinsky the Dilemma of Race in the Post-War City" (University of Chicago Press), my teaching and scholarship focuses on American urban history, social policy, and politics. I am presently writing a book on home ownership in modern America, entitled "Castles Made of Sand? Home Ownership and the American Dream." I live in Providence RI, where I have served on the School Board since March 2015. All opinions posted here are my own.

Friday, February 08, 2013

Snowpocalypse Now...or in the next 18 hours or so

I have ground enough coffee beans to last me two days. 
I have salmon sushi in the freezer. 
I have a cooler in the back yard with some fine beers, including a few beauties from Ommegang. 
I have firewood, National Geographics, and student papers for kindling. 
And we've been fattening up the children and the dog for days now...just in case we run out of protein sources.  Cold snowy night -- we can always make more (children).

I'm ready. You?

Friday, February 01, 2013

Almost ready, Raskolnikov

Tomorrow night, going to see Crime and Punishment. 

Tonight, getting in the mood for mid-19th century Russia by oversimplifying the virtues of peasants, sycophantically imitating things that seem French, and drinking homemade kvas. And contemplating a pogrom.

I'm doing none of these things.