I study a wide range of subjects in modern and early modern European history, with a particular emphasis on intellectual and cultural history. My interests include the Lisbon Earthquake of 1755, the European and American Enlightenments, environmental history, the history of science, narrative history writing, the history of Franco-American relations, World War I and II, the Holocaust, and the history of classical scholarship. My recent book, This Gulf of Fire: The Destruction of Lisbon, or Apocalypse in the Age of Science and Reason (Knopf, 2015), was awarded the 2016 Phi Alpha Theta Book Award for Best Subsequent Book and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
- Ph.D., Harvard University, 2000
- A.M., Harvard University, 1991
- B.A., University of Michigan, 1990
- This Gulf of Fire: The Destruction of Lisbon, or Apocalypse in the Age of Science and Reason . Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
- " The Vicar and the Earthquake: Conflict, Controversy, and a Christening during the Great Lisbon Disaster of 1755," E-Journal of Portuguese History, Volume 10, Number 2, Winter 2012, 76-94.
- "The Great Fire of Lisbon, 1755" (Book Chapter) In Greg Bankoff, Uwe Lübken, and Jordan Sand, eds., Flammable Cities: Urban Conflagration and the Making of the Modern World, University of Wisconsin Press, 2012.
- "A New Account of the Lisbon Earthquake: Marginalia in Joaquim José Moreira de Mendonça's Historia Universal dos Terremotos," Portuguese Studies, 26(2), 232- 248, September 2010.
- "Abandoning Lisbon (Or What Was Left of It): Father José Franciso de Isla's Plan for a New Portuguese Capital," John Carter Brown Library Online Publication, Brown University (November 2009).
- Our Oldest Enemy: A History of America's Disastrous Relationship with France (co-authored with John J. Miller). Doubleday, 2004.
- Maudits Français! Trois siecles de relations tumultueuses entre la France et l'Amérique (French edition of Our Oldest Enemy). Éditions Saint-Simon, 2005.
- Phi Alpha Theta Book Award for Best Subsequent Book (This Gulf of Fire), 2016
- Luso-American Development Foundation/National Library of Portugal Short-Term Research Grant (July-August 2016)
- Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Finalist (This Gulf of Fire), 2016
- John Brockway Foundation Fellowship, The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA (July, 2015)
- Provost’s Course Release Initiative (Fall 2014) Seton Hall University
- Provost’s Faculty Scholarship Award, Article Publication, Portuguese Studies (2010) Seton Hall University
- John Carter Brown Library Associates Fellowship (2009) Brown University
- National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend (2009)
- University Research Council Award, 2008, Seton Hall University
- Earhart Foundation Research Grant (2007-9)
- Provost’s Faculty Scholarship Award: Book Publication, Our Oldest Enemy (2005) Seton Hall University
- Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize Adviser Award (2002) Harvard University
- Derek Bok Certificate for Teaching Distinction (1993) Harvard University
- Center for European Studies (Harvard University) European Summer Travel Grant, Goethe-Institut, Berlin (1992)
- Phi Beta Kappa (1990) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor