Bachelor cum laude, University Pennsylvania, 1971. Master of Arts, University Pennsylvania, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy, University Pennsylvania, 1975.
Assistant professor history and American studies Colby College, Waterville, Maine, 1975-1976. Assistant professor American studies University Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1976-1977. Professor American studies, graduate director University Iowa, Iowa City, since 1977.
Visiting research professor Institute American Culture, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, 1984-1985. John Adams professor American studies Katholieke University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 1990-1991. Fulbright professor American Studies Center, Peking University, 199-2000.
Field worker Smithsonian Institution/Iowa Department Cultural Affairs, Washington and Des Moines, since 1995. Consultant Iowa Arts Council, Department Cultural Affairs, Des Moines, Iowa Humanities Board.
(The uniquely American strip mall, a blight on the roadway...)
(Book by Horwitz, Richard P.)
Member Mid American American Studies Association (president 1992-1993, editorial board American Studies, since 1990).
Married Ilona Rifkin, August 24, 1969. 1 child, Carl Allen.