20th-C. U.S.; Environmental; Psychology; Catholic Studies; Consumer/Business; New England
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- Ph.D. - Yale University
- M.A. - New York University
- M.B.A. - Columbia University
- B.A. - Dickinson College
- "The Called, the Chosen, and the Tempted: Psychologists, the Church, and the Scandal," American Catholic Studies 125:4 (2014): 1-49.
- "Developing the Whole Student: Edmund G. Williamson, Psychologist-Administrators and the Student Affairs Movement," Perspectives on the History of Higher Education 31 (2014): 139-174.
- "Great Aspirations: The Postwar American College Counseling Center,": History of Psychology 17:1 (2014): 1-18.
- "The Black Box in the Garden," Consumers and the Environment," in Douglas Cazaux Sackman, ed., A Companion to American Environmental History (Blackwell, 2010), 304-324.
- The John and Priscilla Alden Family Sites National Historic Landmark Nomination (2008)--Lead researcher and author.
- Auto Mania: Cars, Consumers, and the Environment (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007).
- "Henry Ford: Take-Back, Waste Reduction, and Recycling at the Rouge," Progress in Industrial Ecology 3:4 (2006): 302-328.
- "The Coming Wonder? Foresight and Early Concerns about the Automobile," Environmental History 6:1 (2001): 46-74.
My interests are varied. Much of my work has explored--from different perspectives--the limitations and ironies of liberal individualism in the American experience. In my Auto Mania project I examined the relationship between consumer behavior and the environment. I showed how the multifaceted appeal of the automobile made it hard for twentieth-century Americans, not so much to recognize, but to address the myriad environmental impacts.
More recently, I explored the influence of psychologist-administrators who brought counseling psychology to post-World War II American higher education in the form of counseling centers and the broader student affairs movment. These reformers argued that providing science-based mentoring to regular students to foster whole-person development deserved equal importance in the university mission with classroom-based instruction. The late-1960's student movement derailed these efforts when proponents rejected all forms of institutional paternalism in favor of student freedom and made liberal-individualism the predominant paradigm for institution-student relations.
Some Catholic counseling psychologists also began assessing candidates for the priesthood after 1950, an initiative that illuminates a good deal about the Catholic Church, the priesthood, and the clergy sexual abuse scandal that came to light in recent years.
I am currently working on a project called Speak for Yourself, which examines how descendants of Mayflower passengers John Alden and Priscilla Mullins remembered and celebrated their Mayflower forebears.