Born in New York City and raised in Denver, Colorado, I received my bachelor’s degree from Brown University in 1989. I then taught social studies at Lafayette High School in Brooklyn, New York from 1990 through 1994, after which I headed to Stanford University, where I earned my Ph.D. in history in 2002. Following Stanford, I spent two years at Yale University, the first as a post-doctoral fellow at the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders and the second as a lecturer in the history department. I then came to the University of California, Berkeley in September 2004, where I am currently an associate professor in history and American studies. In September 2010, Oxford University Press published my first book, The Color of America Has Changed: How Racial Diversity Shaped Civil Rights Reform in California, 1941-1978. It won the Cromwell Book Prize from the American Society for Legal History and received honorable mention from the Organization of American Historians for the Frederick Jackson Turner Award. I am currently working on book entitled From School Bus to Google Bus: A New Politics, a New Economy, and the Rise of a New Gilded Age, which examines the relationship between the new (post-industrial, high technology) economy and the new (post-New Deal, post-Great Society, bipartisan neoliberal) politics from the late 1960s through the late 1980s and how they contributed to the rise of the New (or Second) Gilded Age, as it would come to be known.
My wife, Lisa Frydman, is a UC Berkeley School of Law graduate, and Director of Regional and Policy Initiatives for Kids in Need of Defense (https://supportkind.org/about/). We have two children, Ezra (born in 2008) and Shoshana (born in 2011).