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.
- 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. Due to the state of the academic job market, I am not admitting doctoral students as advisees, though I happily serve on dissertation committees in Northwestern's excellent program.
Some articles and essays (more here):
- The Pitchfork of History: Beyond the Myth of Rural America, The New Yorker
- Bury My Heart at Waco, The New Yorker
- Burning Down the House: Slavery and Arson in America, Journal of American History, preprint
- Did George Washington Burn New York? The Atlantic
- Are We Really Prisoners of Geography? The Guardian
- Wielding Wheat: A New History Makes the Case for the World-Ordering Power of Wheat, New York Review of Books
- Forgetting the Apocalypse: Why Our Nuclear Fears Have Faded and Why That's Dangerous, The Guardian
- Change the Map, Change the Moral: A New History of World War II, The Atlantic
- A Deranged Pyroscape: How Fires Across the World Have Grown Weirder, The Guardian
- The Quileute Dune: Frank Herbert, Indigeneity, and Empire, Journal of American Studies
- The Strange, Sad Death of America's Political Imagination, New York Times
- History Isn't Just for Patriots, Washington Post
- Should America Still Police the World? The New Yorker
- Fort Everywhere: How Did the United States Get Entangled in a Cycle of Endless War? The Nation
- 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
- 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
- The Greater United States: Territory and Empire in U.S. History, Diplomatic History
- 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: