Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1993
I am currently writing a biography of General Alvaro Obregón, who commanded the winning faction in the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920). I have also begun work on a book that will examine economic development, corruption, and political leadership to reconsider the consolidation of Mexican state in the 1920s and 1930s.
In addition, I am the editor of Viewpoints: Puntos de Vista: Themes and Interpretations in Latin American History, a book series with Wiley-Blackwell.
19th and 20th century Mexico: cultural, economic, political, Political Culture, Immigration, Mexico in world affairs, Foreign travel writing, Mexican Revolution.
In the Shadow of the Giant: The Making of Mexico's Central America Policy, 1876-1930 (Lanham, NC: Rowman Littlefield, 2007)
Tools of Progress: A German Merchant Family in Mexico City, 1865-present(Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2004). Also published in German as Werkzeuge des Fortschritts: Eine deutscheHändlerfamilie in Mexiko von 1865 bis zur Gegenwart (Stuttgart: Heinz, 2002).
The Last Caudillo: Alvaro Obregon and the Mexican Revolution (Wiley-Blackwell, in press).
Mexican Mosaic: A Brieg History of Mexico(Wheeling, IL: Harlan-Davidson, 2008).
(With Lyman L. Johnson) Aftershocks: Earthquakes and Popular Politics in Latin America (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, in press).
(With William H. Beezley)
Governors in the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1952 (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2009)
Mexico OtherWise: Modern Mexico in the Eyes of Foreign Observers (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2005).