I teach courses on California culture and coordinate the American Studies and California Studies programs. I also serve on the board and program committee of the Bay Area Book Festival.
My publications include critically acclaimed books about the Grateful Dead, Ramparts magazine, and Carey McWilliams, the accomplished California author and former editor of The Nation. I also review books for various outlets and received the National Entertainment Journalism Award for Online Criticism in 2013.
I received a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1991.