My main interests pertain to U.S. foreign relations history and the history of U.S. empire in the long nineteenth century, stretching through World War I. I have written on masculinity and policy making around 1898, trade and globavore consumption, and U.S. empire more generally. My recently completed book manuscript takes the American heartland as a starting point for tracking histories of border brokering, human mobility, geographic consciousness, imperial piggybacking, and alliance politics. Also of interest: histories of militarism and war, colonialism and globalization, agriculture and the environment, gender and sexuality, and entanglements across empires, as well as food security, material culture, water ways, and animal studies. Since the 2016 election, I have become increasingly curious about William Howard Taft.
- Ph.D. Yale University, 1995
- B.A. Yale University, 1987
- I teach classes on historical methods and writing, the United States in world context, U.S. foreign relations, the United States in an age of empire, local history in global context, food history, and U.S. nation building through 1877
- The Heartland: An American History. . Expected publication date January: Penguin Press, 2019.
- American Empire at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. . Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2016.
- Consumers’ Imperium:The Global Production of American Domesticity, 1865-1920. . University of North Carolina Press, 2007.
- Fighting for American Manhood: How Gender Politics Provoked the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars. . New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998.
- "Struggles for Place and Space: Kickapoo Traces from the Midwest to Mexico." Transnational Indians in the North American West. . Ed. Clarissa Confer, Andrae Marak, and Laura Tuennerman. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2015. 210-225.
- "The Imperial Politics of Globavore Consumption in the Late Ninteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries." A Destiny of Choice? New Directions in American Consumer History. . Comp. David Steigerwald. Ed. David Blanke. New York: Lexington Books, 2013. 15-27.
- "Transnationalizing the Heartland Myth." Transnational American Studies. . Heidelberg: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien, 2012. 123-44.
- Hoganson, Kristin. "Transnational American Studies -- Whereto?." Transnational American Studies. . Ed. Udo J. Hebel. Heidelberg: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien, 2012. 622-24.
- "American Manhood and Declaring War on Spain in 1898." Private Lives/Public Moments, vol. 2. . Ed. Dominick Cavallo. Boston: Prentice Hall, 2010. 30-43.
- ""Buying into Empire"." Transitions and Transformations in the U.S. Imperial State. . Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2009. 248-59.
- "Male Degeneracy and the Allure of the Philippines." Thinking Through the Past, vol. 2, 3rd edition. . Ed. John Hollitz. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005. 85-91.
- ""Harvard Men: From Dudes to Rough Riders"." Yards and Gates. . New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. 117-28.
- "The World of Fashion: Imagined Communities of Dress." After the Imperial Turn: Critical Approaches to "National" Histories and Literatures. . Duke University Press, 2003.
- ""What's Gender Got to Do with It? Gender History as Foreign Relations History"." Explaining the History of American Foreign Relations. . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. 304-22.
- "" 'Honor Comes First': The Imperatives of Manhood in the Congressional Debate over War"." Whose America? The War of 1898 and the Battle to Define the Nation. . Westport: Praeger, 2001. 123-46.
- "Meat in the Middle: Converging Borderlands in the U.S. Midwest, 1865-1900." Journal of American History 98.4 (2012): 1025-51.
- "Hop off the Bandwagon: It's a Mass Movement, Not a Parade." Journal of American History 95.March (2009): 1087-91.
- "Stuff It: Domestic Consumption and the Americanization of the World Paradigm." Diplomatic History 30.Sept. (2006): 571-94.
- "Food and Entertainment from Every Corner of the Globe:Bourgeois U.S. Households as Points of Encounter, 1870-1920." Amerikastudien/American Studies 48.1 (2003): 115-135.
- "Cosmopolitan Domesticity:Importing the American Dream,1865-1920." American Historical Review 107 (2002): 55-83.
- "'As Badly off as the Filipinos': U.S. Woman Suffragists and Turn-of-the-Century U.S. Imperialism." Journal of Women's History 13.summer (2001): 9-33.
- "Garrisonian Abolitionists and the Rhetoric of Gender, 1850-1860." American Quarterly 45.Dec. (1993): 558-95.
- "Teaching with Images." Passport. 1 Jan. 2009: 40-41.
- "Where the National and Global Converge." Passport: The Newsletter of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. 1 Jan. 2009: 13-15.
- "What's Gender Got to Do with It? Women and Foreign Relations History." Organization of American Historians Magazine of History. 1 Jan. 2005: 14-18.
- "Twenty Years since the Imperial Turn: Time for Trans-imperial Histories." American Historian. 1 Feb. 2015: 36-38.
- "Gender Politics in the Gilded Age." Historical Dictionary of the Gilded Age. Armonk: M.E. Sharpe, 2003.
- "Abigail Powers Fillmore." American First Ladies: Their Lives and Their Legacy. 2ndth ed. New York: Garland, 2001.