Mike joined the University of Sheffield in 2009. He earned his M.A. (1994) and Ph.D. (1999) at the University of New Hampshire. Before coming to Sheffield, he was Associate Professor of History at the City University of New York’s College of Staten Island and the CUNY Graduate Center. Mike’s research has long been focused on the way Americans experience political life, the conditions in which they become politically engaged, and contested notions of citizenship in postwar American civil society. His first book, Confronting the War Machine: Draft Resistance during the Vietnam War (2003) recovered the history of the draft resistance movement in Boston, the first major community study of the antiwar movement, and for which he won the Peace History Society’s Scott Bills Memorial Prize. A second book, Dear Dr. Spock, grew out of the first, and presented the first clear view beyond public opinion polls of often conflicted American attitudes about the Vietnam War.
He is now the Professor of American Political Culture and Political Theory at the University of Groningen.
- Dead Kennedys’ Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
- Front Porch Politics: The Forgotten Heyday of American Activism in the 1970s and 1980s
- Confronting the War Machine: Draft Resistance during the Vietnam War
- A Politics of Empathy: Johnny Cash, the Vietnam War, and the ‘Walking Contradiction’ Myth Dismantled