I am a historian of American religious history and nineteenth-century United States history, often working with computational and spatial methods. I am an assistant professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University, where I teach digital history, American religious history, and the nineteenth-century United States. I am also affiliated faculty at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media.
I am a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of North Dakota and my fields are in North American History (with emphasis on new military history), Rural History, Public History and Geography. My areas of interest are in early American history, specifically military, which includes the Civil War and other early American wars. I currently hold a Master of Arts degree from the University of North Dakota in History, with a major concentration in American history and a minor in Geography. My thesis explored camps of instruction in Illinois and focused on the transition from civilian to soldier as soldiers took their basic training in the camps. I also hold a Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude) from Illinois College, with a major in History and double minors in Economics and Geography. I currently work as a Reference Specialist with the North Dakota State Archives, where I assist patrons in accessing our materials for various types of research. My specialties will be on military history related collections and records. I previously served as a History and Political Science Instructor at Northland Community and Technical College during the 2016-17 academic year. I also taught both History and Geography courses for the University of North Dakota and Lake Region State College. Over the course of my time teaching college, I have taught the following courses: United States to 1877 (both in class and online) United States since 1877 United States History pre-1865 United States History since 1865 Western Civilization I (online) Western Civilization II (online) Western Civilization Pre-1500 American Minorities (both in class and online) American Politics and Government State and Local Government (both in class and online) North Dakota History The United States: The Roaring Twenties Civil War and Reconstruction World War II (online) Historical Geography Special Topics in Geography: Heritage Tourism I originally hail from Jerseyville, IL, but have lived in Missouri, Germany, Kansas, and Texas while my dad was in the Army. I have also visited 20 other states, Washington, DC, and five other countries in my life. Outside of my academic pursuits, I am involved with the Civil Air Patrol, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and Sons of the American Legion. I also enjoy reading, writing, playing guitar, and firearms. I am an avid Civil War reenactor, currently serving as President/Lieutenant of Fifth Minnesota Infantry Regiment, Company D, where we do educational programming in the region, especially at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Site. My areas of interest in the Civil War are camps of instruction, which are where soldiers took basic training, the Western theater of the war, and U. S. Grant. I like to focus on the soldiers from the “Old Northwest” (Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, etc.) as they are quite interesting and in many ways were better than their eastern counterparts.
…Lecturer In United States History…
…AB European History, Brown University
MA United States History, University at Albany, SUNY…
I am a historian of American urban environmental and twentieth-century United States history working on computational and spatial methods. I am a Digital Engagement Librarian and Assistant Professor of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where I lead initiatives in digital humanities and digital community engagement. I am also affiliated faculty with Humanities+Design at Stanford University. My first book, tentatively titled Suburban by Nature: Silicon Valley and the Transformation of American Environmental Politics, explores the postwar growth of the cities of Silicon Valley and the ways that their growth not only led to ecological disaster but introduced social inequality. While Silicon Valley’s high-tech companies were imagined as a clean and green alternative to industrialization, the growth, manufacturing, and economic activity introduced challenges to the region’s wildlife and its residents. Suburban by Nature looks at how local communities confronted these challenges and offers a case study for other high-tech regions seeking to balance nature and city.
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. Ph.D., Nineteenth-Century United States History, August 2008.
Dissertation “The 27th United States Colored Troops: Ohio Soldiers and Veterans”(Advisor: Dr. Leonne M. Hudson)….
Faculty member of Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), Department of History; Currently on Study-leave for PhD at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.
I am an early career scholar interested in the role of music and sound in the cultural history in Central Europe and the United States from the fin-de-siècle to the early Cold War.
My research area is the history of illustration, with a focus on Canada and the United States, 1840-present. Naturally this expands into visual culture, art history, history of the book, and periodical studies. I am also interested in Early Modern print, and I my background before academia was in fine art and graphic design practice.