German Rocketeers in the Heart of Dixie: Making Sense of the Nazi Past during the Civil Rights Era (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015) – Recipient of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 2016 Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award and the American Astronautical Society’s 2015 Eugene M. Emme Astronautical Literature Award. Honorable mention for the Deep South Book Prize of the Summersell Center for the Study of the South at the University of Alabama. Recipient of 2016 Auburn Author Award.


“’Operation Paperclip’ in Huntsville, Alabama,” Steven J. Dick, ed. Remembering the Space AgeWashington, D.C.: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2008, 89-107

“Wernher von Braun and Arthur Rudolph: Negotiating the past in Huntsville, Alabama,” Schulze, Mathias, James M.Skidmore, David G. John, Grit Liebscher, and Sebastian Siebel-Achenbach, eds. German Diasporic Experiences: Identity, Migration, and Loss. Waterloo, ON: WilfridLaurierUniversity Press, 2008, 443-454

“The New York Times and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: Two Perspectives on the War in Iraq,” ed. Kurthen, Hermann; Antonio V. Menendez-Alarcon; and Stefan Immerfall. Safeguarding German-American Relations in the New Century: Understanding and Accepting Mutual DifferencesLanham, Maryland: Lexington Books – Rowman & Littlefield, 2006, 177-198

In progress

“Setting the Stage to Bring in the Highly Skilled” for A Nation of Immigrants Reconsidered: The U.S. in an Age of Restriction, 1924-1965, edited by Maddalena Marinari, Madeline Hsu, and Maria Cristina Garcia (under review at University of Illinois Press)

“The Cold War and the Space Race” for The Handbook of the History of Technology, edited by W. Bernard Carlson (to be published by Oxford University Press)

Book Reviews

Eric Lichtblau, The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men (Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014) in The Journal of Hate Studies, vol 13 (2017): 191-193.

Matthew L. Downs, Transforming the South: Federal Development in the Tennessee Valley, 1915-1960. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2014) in Journal of Southern History, vol. 82, no. 2 (May 2016): 467-468.

A Particularly American Dilemma?: Religion and Technology in the Space Age” in Reviews In American History 43.2 (2015): 378-383. (a review of Kendrick Oliver. To Touch the Face of God: The Sacred, the Profane, and the American Space Program, 1957-1975 (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013)

Bob Ward, Dr. Space: The Life of Wernher von Braun (Annapolis, Md., Naval Institute Press, 2005), in Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly, vol. 18, no. 3, 2011

Wayne Biddle, Dark Side of the Moon: Wernher von Braun, the Third Reich, and the Space Race (New York: WW Norton & Co. Inc, 2009), in Reviews in History, June 2010

Michael B. Petersen, Missiles for the Fatherland: Peeneműnde, National Socialism, and the V-2 Missile (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008), in Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly, vol. 16, no. 4, 2009