About Me: I am a 19th-century US historian currently living in the Los Angeles region. I have been teaching history courses at the college level since 2007, both online and face-to-face, and have taught at all three public institutions of higher education in California: the community college, CSU, and UC systems. My doctoral dissertation, completed in 2013 at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), examined President Andrew Jackson's "Bank War" with a particular emphasis on newspaper editors and political institutions. A book manuscript, based loosely on this dissertation and tentatively titled Banking on the Press: Newspapers, Financial Institutions, and the Post Office in Jacksonian America, is under contract with the University Press of Kansas and is scheduled to come out in the fall of 2018. In a broader sense, I am most interested in questions related to political history, economic history, the history of capitalism, business history, media, and the early American state. As this website demonstrates, my intellectual passions are diverse. Any opinions expressed here are my own and do not reflect the views of my employers.