I am a historian, author, and all-around science enthusiast.
I have published four books, three non-fiction and one fiction.
My first book is heavily-researched and titled The End Is Not Near. This book examines the modern convergence of the culture of fear and the western world’s fascination with utopian and dystopian visions, largely rooted in Christian eschatology. Unfortunately, these forces have merged over the years, convincing millions that normal political processes are pointless. This has led to the widespread abandonment of liberal democracy and the belief that the world cannot be redeemed until it is purged with fire.
My second book is a translation of a short seventeenth-century pamphlet on economics written by a Portuguese diplomat in Paris. It addresses the need to introduce industrial mercantilism into Portugal. I used the translation of this pamphlet extensively in my Ph.D. dissertation, “Paradigm and Praxis: Seventeenth-Century Mercantilism and the Age of Liberalism,” 2008.
My third book is the product of my time in information technology . I have been a system administrator for the better part of twenty years. The Pursuit of Productivity is an extended essay about my experience in this world. The book is less about technology than it is about how organizations need to be fixed before management contemplates spending money on IT. The biggest impediment to a successful IT implementation is the wrong-headed notion that technology can fix the fundamental problems plaguing an organization. It has been my experience that the best technology implementations occur in organizations that are already healthy but want to grow and become more productive.
My fourth book is a novel titled Whispered Vengeance. I wrote most of it in Japan, where I taught for a year. It is a murder mystery centered around the investigation of a murdered Marine on the island of Okinawa.
I am presently working on a fifth book which explores race, religion, and politics in antebellum America. The working title for this book is The Rise of the ‘white Christian republic’: Race, Religion, and the Politics of Slavery in Antebellum America.
In addition to these projects I have published several articles in an academic journal and an encyclopedia.
I earned my Ph.D. in early modern European history from The University of Toledo in 2008. I have a master’s degree in U.S. history from the same institution. I have taught at colleges and universities in the U.S. and Japan.
My next goal is to live abroad again, maybe in Sydney, Australia, where I spent four glorious weeks prior to teaching in Japan.