I am a scholar of U.S. and global history, specializing in empire, development, and the history of ideas. My last name is pronounced IM-mer-var and my Erdös number is 5.
"Wry, readable, and often astonishing." - New York Times
"It is brilliantly conceived, utterly original, and immensely entertaining--simultaneously vivid, sardonic, and deadly serious." - Andrew Bacevich
- I've taught at Berkeley, Columbia, Northwestern, and San Quentin State Prison. My main teaching subjects are global history and U.S. foreign relations. Syllabi here.
Some articles and essays (fuller list here):
- The Great Germ War Cover-Up: Nicholson Baker's Decade-Long Search for the Truth about Biological Weapons, The New Republic
- Ten-Cent Ideology: Donald Duck Comics and U.S. Global Hegemony, Modern American History
- The Center Does Not Hold: Jill Lepore's Awkward Embrace of the Nation, The Nation
- Trump's Greenland Plan Shows He Has No Idea How American Power Works, New York Times
- All Over the Map: Jared Diamond Struggles to Understand a Connected World, The New Republic
- How the US Has Hidden Its Empire, The Guardian
- The Lethal Crescent: Where the Cold War Was Hot, The Nation
- Privacy Settings, Dissent
- The Moon Landing: Twilight of Empire, Modern American History
- We're the Good Guys, Right?: On Marvel Movies, n+1
- The Greater United States: Territory and Empire in U.S. History, Diplomatic History
- Growth vs. the Climate, Dissent
- Polanyi in the United States: Peter Drucker, Karl Polanyi, and the Midcentury Critique of Economic Society, Journal of the History of Ideas
- Caste or Colony?: Indianizing Race in the United States, Modern Intellectual History
- My website The Books of the Century lists bestsellers, Book-of-the-Month Club selections, and other notable books for every year of the twentieth century.
- I made a grade calculator/roster that students can use to predict their grades and teachers can use to record and calculate course averages.
- And, finally, guano: