He is the author of Shall We Wake the President?, a history of presidents dealing with disasters, which made three best-of-the-year lists in 2016. His 2013 book, What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House, was a Washington Post bestseller.
Dr. Troy has a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Maryland with his wife, Kami, and their four children.