anticipated 2017

Dissertation: Dangerous Power: An International History of German Unification, 1969-1993

Advisor: Stephen A. Schuker 





cum laude, concentrations: systematic analysis, international relations 



cum laude 

Professional Appointments

Bradley Research Fellow•  University of Virginia 

2015 to the Present

Chair and Teacher, Department of History  •  The Tandem Friends School


Director of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development  •  The Tandem Friends School


Instructor  •  University of Virginia, College of Arts & Sciences 


Instructor  •  University of Virginia, Rodman Scholars Program 

2009 and 2013 

Scholarly Activity


"A Post-National Europe: Brandt's Vision for the European Community Between the Superpowers," in Willy Brandt and International Relations: Europe, the USA, and Latin America, 1974-1992, ed. Bernd Rother and Klaus Larres (London: Bloomsbury, 2017). 

"How 'Cold' was the Cold War?" Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Secondary-Education Project (2015). 

"Ronald Reagan and the End of the Cold War," Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Secondary-Education Project (2014). 



"Germany" in The SAGE Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives, vol. 2, ed. Paul Joseph (London: SAGE Reference, 2016), pp. 709-13. 

"Geography of War: Western Europe," in ibid., pp. 695-99. 

"The North Atlantic Treaty Organization," in The SAGE Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives, vol. 3, pp. 1240-46. 

"A Twenty-First Century NATO: Smart Solutions for an Uncertain Future," Virginia Policy Review 6, no. 1 (January 2013). 

"The Hollow Years Redux?" Atlantic Community (1 August 2012). 

"Answering the 'German Question,' 1989-90: The Historical Pivot of Geography," Essays in History 45, featured article (Autumn 2011). 

"'A More Contentious Order of Things': The End of the Cold War and the Transatlantic Search for Stability," Essays in History 44 (Autumn 2010). 



“A Post-National Europe: Brandt’s Vision for the EC Between the Superpowers," paper presented at the Bundeskanzler-Willy-Brandt-Stiftung, Berlin [Germany], June 2016.

“Awkward Allies: NATO-EC Policy as a Source of Anglo-German Rivalry in the 1970s," paper presented at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge [UK], March 2016. 

"The End of the Nation-State: Brandt's European Agenda," paper presented at the Stresemann Workshop, State Chancery of Rhineland-Palatinate, Mainz [Germany], July 2015. 

"The Europeanization of Europe and the INF Dispute, 1979-1983," paper presented at "Cold War Europe and the Culture Wars" conference, University of Sheffield [UK], May 2015. 

"Between Ideology and Pragmatism: The INF Dispute and the Reinvention of West German Conservatism," paper presented at the European History Section, Southern Historical Association conference, St. Louis, Mo., November 2013. 

"'Thinking EC,' 'Thinking NATO,'" Transatlantic Relations in the Era of Détente," paper presented at the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations conference, Arlington, Va., June 2013. 

"'A More European Germany, a More German Europe: The United States, European Integration, and German Unification," paper presented at the 14th annual Innovative Perspectives in History Conference, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va., February 2011. 

"Dangerous Power: The German Question and European Integration, 1985-1990," paper presented at the 2011 German Studies Conference, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va., February 2011. 

"Godlessness and Error: Secularization and Domestic Politics in Late Imperial Austria," paper presented at the 2009 American Society for Church History conference, New York, N.Y., January 2009. 

"In Defense of History: Vergangenheitsbewältigung and the Habsburg Empire," paper presented at the 2008 Southeast German Studies Workshop, University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C., February 2008. 



"Read, Respond, Remember." Commencement address, the Tandem Friends School (Charlottesville, Va., June 2015). 

"Germany at the Zero Hour." University of Richmond (Richmond, Va., April 2015). 

"An Enlightened Company." Commencement address, the Tandem Friends School (Charlottesville, Va., June 2012). 

"Dangerous Power: Continuities of German Foreign Policy, 1870-1990, Georgia College (Milledgeville, Ga., March 2012). 

"Common Humanity." Commencement address, the Tandem Friends School (Charlottesville, Va., June 2010). 

"Facing East: Opening the Berlin Wall and Ending the Cold War," German Mission to the United States, "Freedom Without Walls," October 2009. 

Research Fellowships and Grants

  • Berlin Kolleg Kalter Krieg Travel Grant,   2016
  • Stresemann-Gesellschaft Travel Grant,   2015 
  • O'Donnell Research Grant, Scowcroft Institute for International Affairs,   2014-15 
  • Bankard Fellow for Political Economy,   2013-14 
  • Fellow, Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures,   2012-13 
  • Buckner W. Clay Award for the Humanities,   2012-13 
  • Albert Gallatin Fellow in International Affairs,   2011-12 
  • Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Fellow,   2010-11 
  • Kittredge Award,   2011 
  • Robert J. Huskey Travel Fellowship,   2009, 2011, and 2013 
  • Corcoran Department of History Research Grant,   2008 and 2012 
  • Dr. John E. Sallstrom Research Scholar,   2006 
  • Joseph Flake Steelman History Scholarship,   2003-04 
  • Guy Herbert Wells Award in International Studies,   2002-03 

Awards and Honors 

ranked #1, Charlottesville's Favorite Teacher,   December 2013 

profiled in Charlottesville Family magazine, Dec. 2013, p. 48 

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities,   2012-13 

U.Va. History Teaching Award, Corcoran Department of History,   January 2009 

highest departmental teaching honor 

Seven Society Fellowship for Superb Teaching, honoree,   April 2008 

all-university highest teaching honor 

Outstanding Major in the College of Arts & Sciences, Georgia College,   April 2006 

Outstanding Major in the Department of History, Georgia College,   April 2006 

Georgia Consortium for International Studies Scholar,   2003-04 

Carl Vinson Public Service Award,   2003-04 

Georgia College President's List and Dean's List,   2002-06 

Professional Affiliations

Réseau International de jeunes Chercheurs en Histoire de l'Integration Européenne

European Consortium for Political Research 

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations 

Cold War Cultures Working Group, University of Sheffield [UK] 

American Historical Association 

Project on Nuclear Issues, Center for Strategic and International Studies 

UK Project on Nuclear Issues, Royal United Services Institute 

Phi Alpha Theta (inducted 2005) 

Phi Kappa Phi (inducted 2004) 

Omicron Delta Kappa (inducted 2004)