I was raised in Ness Ziona, Israel. I earned my bachelor’s degree at the University of Haifa, and my MA and PhD at Yale University. I live in Plano, Texas and serve as Professor of History at the University of North Texas, teaching classes on early-American and military history. My first book (Conquering the American Wilderness: The Triumph of European Warfare in the Colonial Northeast) is a study of English and American military culture. Addressing narratives of Americanization and Anglicization, it points to trends of cultural continuity between the Old World and the New. This theme of transatlantic cultural cohesion is at the heart of my second book, on Atlantic piracy and illegal trade (The Ocean is a Wilderness: Atlantic Piracy and the Limits of State Authority), as well as my latest book, on the origins, nature, and ends of the American Revolution (The Colonists’ American Revolution: Preserving English Liberty). Although a specialist in early-modern history, my first love was and still is Roman history.
To learn more about my work, see "From the Outside In: A Foreigner's Education in American History."