I am Professor of Public Management Emeritus at the University of Toronto, having retired in July 2020 after a 45-year academic career.
I continue to be engaged in research, writing, and giving professional presentations. With my co-author and spouse Beth Herst, I am completing a book on narrative and politics.
On this website I post blogs about politics, narrative, and my life experiences.
Book and Movie Reviews
The Big Short: Completing the Financial Crisis Trilogy
Spotlight: Heroic but not Triumphal
Sherlock Holmes or Robert Langdon?
David Zussman’s Off and Running
Captain Phillips: In a Different Course
Susan Delacourt’s Shopping for Votes
Our Man in Tehran: A Revised Story
Argo and The Canadian Caper
Saying “Si” to “No”
Zero Dark Thirty: An “Heroic” Narrative?
Lincoln: A Roll-Call Vote as High Art
Arbitrage: Actually, it was Fraud
Footnote: A Moral Tale in Academe
The Iron Lady: Thatcher’s Regrets
Professors’ Lives: Writing History or Doing Social Science?