Researcher and Writer in Washington, DC

Reviews & Interviews

Georges Vigarello, The Metamorphoses of Fat: A History of Obesity (Columbia University Press, 2013), The Weekly Standard, June 23, 2014.

Thomas McCraw, The Founders and Finance: How Hamilton, Gallatin, and Other Immigrants Forged a New Economy (Harvard University Press, 2012), The Weekly Standard, October 14, 2013.

Benn Steil, The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order (Princeton University Press, 2013), The Weekly Standard, August 26, 2013.

Mordecai Lee, Congress vs. the Bureaucracy: Muzzling Agency Public Relations (University of Oklahoma Press, 2011), Congress & the Presidency, January 2013.

James E. Block,  The Crucible of Consent: American Child Rearing and the Forging of Liberal Society (Harvard University Press, 2012), Teachers College Record, October 2012.

Lewis L. Gould, Theodore Roosevelt (Oxford University Press, 2012), The Weekly Standard, March 12, 2012.

Kristie Miller, Ellen and Edith: Woodrow Wilson’s First Ladies (University of Kansas Press, 2010), The Weekly Standard, May 9, 2011.

Michael Lipsky, Street-Level Bureaucracy: Dilemmas of the Individual in Public Services, 30th Anniversary Edition (Russell Sage Foundation, 2010), Public Administration Review, March/April 2011.

Daniel Okrent, Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition (Scribner, 2010), The Weekly Standard, January 31, 2011.

Kathryn Allamong Jacob, The Life and Times of Sam Ward, Man-About-Washington in the Gilded Age (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), The Weekly Standard, December 6, 2010.

Beth S. Noveck, Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger, and Citizens More Powerful (Brookings Institution Press, 2009), Public Administration Review, July/August 2010.

Robert L. Tsai, Eloquence and Reason: Creating a First Amendment Culture (Yale University Press, 2009), The Weekly Standard, October 26, 2009.

Michael A. Rebell and Jessica R. Wolff (eds.), NCLB at the Crossroads: Reexamining the Federal Effort to Close the Achievement Gap (New York: Teachers College Press, 2009), Journal of School Choice, vol. 3, issue 3, July 2009.

A Nearly Forgotten Classic in Public Administration: Edward C. Banfield’s Government Project, Public Administration Review, September/October, 2009.

Walter Feinberg and Christopher Lubienski (eds.), School Choice: Policies and Outcomes (SUNY Press, 2008), Choice, June 2009.

Tara Ross and Joseph C. Smith, Under God: George Washington and the Question of Church and State (Dallas: Spence Publishing, 2008), The Weekly Standard, February 16, 2009.

Iain Gately, Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol (New York: Gotham Books, 2008), The American, January 21, 2009.

Chester E. Finn, Jr., Troublemaker: A Personal History of School Reform Since Sputnik (Princeton University Press, 2008), Journal of School Choice, vol. 2, issue 4, December 2008. (Previously appeared at The American on June 5, 2008.)

David Hursh, High-Stakes Testing and the Decline of Teaching and Learning: The Real Crisis in Education (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2008), Choice, November 2008.

Inside the Presidential Communications Machine: An Interview with Martha Joynt Kumar, Public Administration Review, November/December 2008.

Alan Greenspan, The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World (New York: Penguin, 2007), Public Administration Review, September/October 2008.

Randall M. Packard, The Making of a Tropical Disease: A Short History of Malaria (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007), The Weekly Standard, August 8, 2008.

Chester E. Finn, Jr., Troublemaker: A Personal History of School Reform Since Sputnik (Princeton University Press, 2008), The American, June 5, 2008.

Susan Levine, School Lunch Politics: The Surprising History of America’s Favorite Welfare Program (Princeton University Press, 2008), History News Network, April 7, 2008.

Evans Clinchy, Rescuing the Public Schools: What It Will Take to Leave No Child Behind (New York: Teachers College Press, 2008), Choice, April 2008.

Nancy Kriplen, The Eccentric Billionaire: John D. MacArthur, Empire Builder, Reluctant Philanthropist, Relentless Adversary (New York: Amacom, 2008), The American, February 13, 2008.

Peter J. Bowler, Monkey Trials and Gorilla Sermons: Evolution and Christianity from Darwin to Intelligent Design (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007), The Weekly Standard, February 11, 2008.

Clifford Winston, Government Failure versus Market Failure: Microeconomics Policy Research and Government Performance (Washington, DC: AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies, 2006), Public Administration Review, January/February 2008.

Gregg Mitman, Breathing Space: How Allergies Shape Our Lives and Landscapes (Yale University Press, 2007), The Weekly Standard, December 17, 2007.

“‘There Was No Plan': An Interview with Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Author of Imperial Life in the Emerald City” (Knopf, 2007), Public Administration Review, November/December 2007.

Stefanie Chambers, Mayors and Schools: Minority Voices and Democratic Tensions in Urban Education (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2006), Choice, September 2007.

Kenneth Osgood, Total Cold War: Eisenhower’s Secret Propaganda Battle at Home and Abroad (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2006), Presidential Studies Quarterly, September 2007.

Thomas K. McCraw, Prophet of Innovation: Joseph Schumpeter and Creative Destruction (Harvard University Press, 2007), The Weekly Standard, May 28, 2007.

A.M. Bertelli and L.E. Lynn Jr., Madison’s Managers: Public Administration and the Constitution (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006), Claremont Institute, March 15, 2007.

“Welfare Reform and the Platonic Master Science: An Interview with Lawrence Mead,” Public Administration Review, November/December 2006.

Lawrence J. McAndrews, The Era of Education: The Presidents and the Schools, 1965-2001 (Urbana-Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2006), Teachers College Record, September 25, 2006.

William G. Howell, ed., Besieged: School Boards and the Future of Education Politics (Washington: Brookings Institution Press, 2005), Choice, April 2006.

Chris Whittle, Crash Course: Imagining a Better Future for Public Education (New York: Riverhead Books, 2005), Choice, March 2006.

Larry Cuban, The Blackboard and the Bottom Line: Why Schools Can’ Be Businesses (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2004), Choice, March 2006.

Frederick M. Hess and Chester E. Finn, Jr., Leaving No Child Behind: Options for Kids in Failing Schools (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Choice, March 2005.

James P. Comer, Leave No Child Behind: Preparing Today’s Youth for Tomorrow’s World (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004), Choice, February 2005.

Frederick M. Hess, Common Sense School Reform (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2004), Choice, December 2004.

Willis Rudy, Building America’s Schools: The Federal Contribution (Cranbury, NJ: Associated University Presses, 2003), Teachers College Record, September 2004.

Christopher Hitchens, A Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraq (Slate Books, 2003), Bully Magazine, April 15, 2004.

F. Stuart Gulley, The University President As Moral Leader (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2001), History of Education Quarterly, vol. 43, number 2, summer 2003.

John Merrifield, School Choices: True and False (Oakland, CA: Independent Institute, 2002), Teachers College Record, May 2003.

Kenneth J. Saltman, Collateral Damage, Corporatizing Public Schools, A Threat to Democracy (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2000), The Texas Education Review, autumn 2001.

John B. Judis, The Paradox of American Democracy: Elites, Special Interests, and the Betrayal of the Public Trust (New York: Pantheon, 2000),, March 14, 2000.

Elijah Anderson, The Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, & the Moral Life of the Inner City (New York: W.W. Norton and Company,1999), The Wagner Review, spring 2000.

C.S. Walton, Ivan Petrov: Russia Through a Shot Glass (Philadelphia, PA: Garrett County Press,1999), The New York Hangover, November 1999.

Sena Jeter Naslund, Ahab’s Wife (New York: William Morrow & Company, 1999), New York Press, Best of Manhattan issue, 1999.

Welfare: The Past, Present, and Future (Interview with Lawrence M. Mead) Conference, autumn 1998.

Antonin Scalia, A Matter of Interpretation, Federal Courts and the Law (Princeton University Press, 1998), Conference, autumn 1998.

Andrew Ross, Real Love: In Search of Cultural Jutice (New York University Press, 1998), Conference, autumn 1998.

Michael Palmer and Thomas L. Pangle, eds., Political Philosophy & the Human Soul: Essays in Memory of Allan Bloom (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 1995), Conference, A Journal of Philosophy and Theory, spring 1996.

Richard K. Matthews, James Madison and the Heartless Empire of Reason (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1994), H-POL- The History of Politics Internet Discussion Group for Scholars, May 1995.