I'm a historian, writer, musician, and activist. I'm currently Visiting Professor of History at Averett University. In the past four years, I've held research positions at the London School of Economics (Cañada Blanch Centre for Spanish Studies) and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Grup d'Estudis sobre República i Democràcia), and teaching positions at the University of Miami (Spanish history) and Penn State University Behrend (Russian History).
I am a historian of Europe and Russia specializing in modern Spain and the Soviet Union. My forthcoming book, Stalinism on Trial: Communism and Republican Justice in the Spanish Civil War (Sussex Academic Press), looks at justice, political repression, and communism during the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939. The work draws on research conducted over the last 9 years in archives in Salamanca, Madrid, Barcelona, Vienna, London, and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
In my view, historical study should engage both the past and the present with an eye toward the future. History is not the compiled actions of great men. It is the entire human experience in retrospect, and the most important agents in that experience are regular working people, whose actions and successes reverberate through time, but whose names we rarely read in history books.