Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. Yale University.
Campus Affiliation: CUNY Graduate Center
Major publications include Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression (W.W. Norton, 2009; paper back, 2010). The book received the 2010 Ambassador Book Award in American Studies from the English--Speaking Union, and it was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. A Mirror in the Roadway: Literature and the Real World, Princeton University Press, 2005; Leopards in the Temple: The Transformation of American Fiction, 1945-1970, Harvard University Press, 2002, Double Agent: The Critic and Society (Oxford University Press, 1992, and Gates of Eden: American Culture in the Sixties, New York: Basic Books, 1977; Rpt. (revised) Penguin Books, 1989, nominated for National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, 1977, in paperback by Penguin (1989), Harvard (1997), and Norton (2011). Specializations: American Cinema; Film Theory; and Criticism.