My two primary fields of interest are the American South and the social and cultural history of modern societies at war. My first book, Routes of War: The World of Movement in the Confederate South, (Harvard University Press, 2012) is an interpretation of the Civil War in the South as an experience of physical mobility and the many different ways through which mobility figured in the social, cultural, and political processes that shaped the history of the war. I am currently at work on a new book project, tentatively entitled, "War on Record: The Archive and the Making of Civil War History" which traces the complex and surprising history of the written record generating by the Civil War. In between book projects I have written essays about rumors, emancipation, and the antiwar turn in Civil War scholarship.
At Tel Aviv University I have a joint appointment in the history department and the department of English and American Studies. I teach a range of courses for students on all levels, from introductory surveys of United States history to methodological courses for graduate students in American and modern European history.