Books, edited projects:
Promise and Peril: America at the Dawn of a Global Age (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011; paperback in 2015)
Wiley Blackwell Companion to the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell, March 2017)
Prophesies of Godlessness: Predictions of America’s Imminent Secularization from the Puritans to the Present Day (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008)
New Oregon Stater Magazine Column “Dispatches from the Center”:
- “Welcome to Dispatches from the Center,” Oregon Stater, Fall 2017, p. 16
Selected recent essays and representative writing for a general audience:
- With Raymond Haberski Jr., “Kneeling players are showing their country tough love, not disrespect: they’re embracing a strain of civil religion that prods America to live up to its ideals,” Washington Post, Made by History section, Sunday October 1, 2017.
- “Dark Days Ahead: American professors on Trump Presidency,” for Seattle NPR, KUOW.org, November 11, 2016.
- “Trump’s Misguided and Empty Promise of Protectionism Dovetails with His Appeal to Isolationism,” exclusive on the History News Network, April 17, 2016.
- “Substance, style, and myth in the Kennedy-Nixon debates,” on the OUP Blog on September 26, 2015, and as “Substance, style, and myth in the Kennedy-Nixon debates” on the History News Network on October 28, 2015.
- “Beyond Trump — Rand Paul’s Foreign Policy Opportunity,” on the Huffington Post on August 5, 2015.
- “Armistice Day and WWI’s Global Effects,” exclusive lead on Huffington Post‘s “The World Page” on November 11, 2014.
- “Nuclear Strategy and Proliferation after the Cold War,” on the OUP Blog and widely picked up and distributed, November 4, 2014.
- “Consequences of the Truman Doctrine,” on the OUP Blog, Huffington Post, History News Network, and elsewhere on May 22, 2014.
- “Open Diplomacy, Wartime, and the Modern Surveillance State,” on the Huffington Post on March 23, 2014, and picked up on various websites.
- “More Americans Want Government Out of International Affairs,” on the Huffington Post on July 8, 2013, and picked up on various websites.
- “Limits of American Power, a Historical Perspective,” on the Huffington Post, OUP Blog, and on the History News Network on May 7-8, 2013.
- “Rising Isolationism, a Renewed Danger?” Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, November 15, 2011, and picked up in various forms by the HUP Blog, the History News Network, and other websites.
- “America’s New Isolationism,” Huffington Post, lead “Politics” op-ed on June 13, 2011, and picked up on various websites.
- “Obama Doesn’t Have a Presidential Doctrine—He Has a Demi-Doctrine”/“Obama’s Demi-Doctrine: Historical Resonances,” June 12, 2013, HUP Blog, the History News Network, and various websites.
- “Shifting Drivers of Change” (December 21, 2009) and “Who has ‘religion’?” (December 15, 2009) on the Social Science Research Council’s Immanent Frame Blog.
- “Those who claim America going godless ignore history,” Christopher McKnight Nichols and Charles Mathewes, Chicago Sun-Times, Saturday Editorial Section, April 18, 2009, and picked up widely on various websites. Downloadable here.
- “Iraq: The Army Knew Better,” Christopher McKnight Nichols and R. Joseph Parrott, The History News Network for the week of July 28, 2008, and picked up by various websites.
- “Time (yet again) for Preventative Regulation,” nationally distributed by the History News Service on March 28, 2008. Published in various newspapers and featured online by The History News Network.
- More than twenty op-eds and op-essays published since 2004.
Selected recent and representative scholarly articles, book chapters, and essays:
- “Beyond Hemispherism: Charles Beard’s Vision of World Order,” a chapter in Molly Cochran and Cornelia Navari, eds., Progressivism and US Foreign Policy between the World Wars (The Palgrave Macmillan History of International Thought, Palgrave Macmillan, Fall 2017).
- “Education, Expediency, and Democratic Dilemmas in War Time: Inside the Dewey-Bourne Debate,” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Vol. 16, Issue 4, October 2017, forthcoming: 1-18.
- Journal Guest Editorship — Oregon Historical Quarterly: “The First World War,” guest editor, co-organizer with Western Oregon University Professor Kimberly Jensen and OHQ Editor Eliza Canty-Jones, special Oregon Historical Quarterly issue on history, historiography, and contemporary relevance of WWI on the 100th anniversary of the U.S.’s entry into the war, OHQ (Vol. 118, No. 2, Summer 2017): 234-281.
- With Kimberly Jensen, “The War to End War—One Hundred Years Later, A First World War Roundtable,” Oregon Historical Quarterly (Vol.118, No. 2, Summer 2017): 234-251.
- With Nancy Unger, “Introduction, Gilded Excesses, Multiple Progressivisms,” Companion to the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (Wiley, 2017).
- “What is a Public Intellectual? On the Public Role of Historians and Foreign Relations Scholars,”Passport: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Review (January 2015): 18-22; response by Jeremi Suri (Mack Brown Professor, UT-Austin).
- “Chapter One: The Wilson Legacy, Domestic and International,” The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover, edited by Katherine A.S. Sibley (New York: John Wiley and Sons, 2014): 9-33.
- “The Enduring Power of Isolationism: An Historical Perspective,” Orbis: A Journal of World Affairs, Vol. 57, No. 3 (New York: Elsevier Press, Summer 2013): 390-407.
- “Modernity and Political Economy in the New Era and New Deal,” Ch. 6, Fractured Modernity: America Confronts Modern Times, 1890s to 1940s, Alan Lessoff and Thomas Welskopp, eds., Historisches Kolleg series (Munich: Oldenbourg, December 2012): 129-150.
- “American Sovietology: Expertise in Service of Mars and Minerva?” Reviews in American History, Vol. 39, No. 4 (December 2011): 718-725.
- “The ‘New’ No Religionists: An Historical Approach to Why Their Numbers are on the Rise,” Culture, Vol. 3, Issue 2 (September 2009): 12-14.
- “An American Creed? The Cultural Gifts Movement and the Limits of Interwar Diversity,” Reviews in American History, Vol. 37, No. 2 (June 2009): 255-263.
- “Rethinking Randolph Bourne’s Trans-National America: How World War I Created an Isolationist Antiwar Pluralism,” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Vol. 8, No. 2 (April 2009): 217-257.
- “The Gilded Age and Progressive Era: Mastery, Modern Doubt, and the Costs of Progress,” Ch. 6, Prophesies of Godlessness: Predictions of America’s Imminent Secularization from the Puritans to the Present Day, Charles Mathewes and Christopher McKnight Nichols, eds. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008): 113-136.
- “Citizenship and Transnationalism in Randolph Bourne’s America,” in the “Citizenship and Social Justice” issue of The Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, Vol. 20, No. 3 (Fall 2008): 348-357.
- “What Would The Public Think? An Experiment in Deliberative Democracy,” in the “Discourse and Democracy” issue of The Hedgehog Review, Vol. 7, No. 3 (Fall 2004): 67-76.
- “Not Splendid, Hardly ‘Little’: The Spanish-American War, the Origins of American Intervention Abroad, and its Salience for Current Policy,” The Long Term View, Vol. 6, No. 2 (Spring 2004): 24-40.
- More than a dozen other published articles, essays, book chapters, and reviews since 2002.
For more information, see book pages for book abstracts and reviews, see In the Media for selected recent interviews, press releases, and media appearances.