I'm the President and a professor at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

My work is on how people make sense of the past. I have spent many years thinking about the philosophy of history through films, political theory, psychology and psychoanalysis. Most recently, I've written a couple of books around education, how it changes one's history and how it uses the past to create a different kind of future.


Memory, Trauma, and History: Essays on Living with the Past

Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters

Safe Enough Spaces: A Pragmatist’s Approach to Inclusion, Free Speech, and Political Correctness on College Campuses