My doctorate (UC Berkeley, 1974) is in theater history. I have been a theater historian and have published in that field. Most recent theater history publication: "Theater and the Female Presence," The Cambridge History of English Theatre, 2 (1660-1895), ed.Joseph Donohue (Cambridge Univerity Press, 2004.
Since that publication my interest has turned to California social and cultural history, 1900 to 1950. I am currently completing a biography titled The King of Telegraph Hill: A Californian and His Dreams, based upon family papers and primary materials in the Bancroft Library (UC Berkeley) and the Huntington Library.
Recent scholarly activity:
Since 1998 I have been an editor of H-Scholar, an H-Net discussion list sponsored by NCIS. NCIS members are invited to subscribe to H-Scholar.
I am an active member of The Institute for Historical Study (San Francisco Bay Area), of which I am a founding member.