My research explores the role that postwar popular culture has played in the circulation of libertarian ideas and symbols.

peer reviewed articles:

“‘Sometimes a Bee Can Move an Ox’: Biblical Epics and One Man’s Quest to Promote Jewish Values in Blacklist-Era Hollywood.” Modern American History 1, vol. 2 (Summer 2018).

“Reassessing Blacklist Era Television: Civil Libertarianism in You Are There, The Adventures of Robin Hood, andThe Buccaneers.” American Studies Journal 54, no. 1 (2015).

“Making the Blacklist White: The Hollywood Red Scare in Popular Memory.” Journal of Popular Film and Television 41, no. 4 (2013).

other publications:

“In an Era of Rising Anti-Semitism, Should Jewish Americans Tack Left or Right?: What a Seventy Year Old Riot Says About Solidarity.” Washington Post, May 1, 2019.

“The Antifa of 1940s Hollywood.” Washington Post, November 21, 2017.

“‘Who Is You?’: The Posthumanism of Moonlight.” Dilettante Army, May 30, 2017.

“In ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ Superheroes Fight for Freedom—The Kind Ayn Rand Fought For.” In These Times, May 9, 2016.

“The Blacklist Seen in ‘Trumbo’ Wasn’t Just About Free Speech. It Changed How We Talk About Freedom.” In These Times, December 15, 2015.


“The Roots of Post-Racial Neoliberalism in Blacklist Era Hollywood.” PhD diss., University of Minnesota, 2014.