Ph.D., Harvard University, 1976

A.M., Harvard University, 1969

B.A., Davidson College, 1968


The Victorian Post Office: The Growth of a Bureaucracy (Royal Historical Society, 1992) and numerous articles addressing topics from the social impact of the telephone to H.V. Morton the travel writer.

My current research project addresses the topic of Present and Past: History and the Public in England, 1890-1950.

President, Carolinas Symposium on British Studies, 1984-85; President, Southern Conference on British Studies, 2003-05; Member, Council of the North American Conference on British Studies, 2003-05.


Courses in British and modern European history


Grants from the Whiting Foundation, the NEH, and the Mellon Foundation; William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of History, The University of the South, 2004-2016.


Fellow, Royal Historical Society