- Ph.D., University of Michigan (History, 2005)
- M.A. St. John’s College (Liberal Arts, 1997)
- M.A., The George Washington University (American Studies/Museum Studies, 1994)
- B.A., U.C.L.A. (History/Business Administration, cum laude, 1991)
“Why Americans Drink Coffee: From the Boston Tea Party to Brazilian Slavery,” with Steven Topik, in Thurston, Morris, and Steiman (eds.), Coffee: A Comprehensive Guide to the Bean, the Beverage, and the Industry (Rowman and Littlefield, 2013).
“Americanizing Coffee: Refashioning of a Consumer Culture,” with Steven Topik, Trentmann and Nutzenadel (eds.), Food and Globalization: Consumption, Markets, and Politics in the Modern World (Bloomsbury Publishers, 2008).
Current Projects and Positions
Caffeine Dependence: Coffee and Commerce in Early America (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming).
“Consuming with a Conscience: The Free Produce Movement in Early America,” in Joseph Tohill and Louis Hyman (eds.), Shopping for Change Consumer Activism in North American History (Toronto: Between the Lines Publishers, forthcoming spring 2014).
Curriculum Developer, “This Week in New Jersey History,” part of the New Jersey Historical Commission’s 350th Anniversary of New Jersey History, 2013-14.
Secretary-Treasurer, Association of Caribbean Historians (http://www.associationofcaribbeanhistorians.org).