Jay Gitlin is a Lecturer in History and the Associate Director of the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders at Yale University. Although a native New Yorker, he became fascinated with the history of the French in the Mississippi Valley and the Great Lakes as an undergraduate at Yale and has pursued that interest ever since. His book on that subject,The Bourgeois Frontier: French Towns, French Traders, and American Expansion (Yale University Press), is forthcoming. He has published numerous articles and contributed chapters to the Oxford History of the American West (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994) and The Louisiana Purchase and the Emergence of the American Empire (Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2003). He is also the co-editor and co-author of Under an Open Sky: Rethinking America’s Western Past (New York: W.W. Norton, 1992). At Yale, he teaches courses on American Indian history, the history of the American West, Canadian history, and the suburbanization of America. He serves on the Faculty Committee on Urban Studies at Yale and has been an on-camera commentator and consultant for several television shows on the History Channel and Connecticut Public Television, including Suburbia: The Good Life in Connecticut, nominated for a regional Emmy.