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Teaching and Research Interests
North American borderlands; environmental history; Native American history; American West; history of the U.S. National Park Sevice and the U.S. Forest Service; history of exploration; war and society.
My dissertation investigates the cycles of violence and dispossession for the lands of the former Seneca Army Depot in upstate New York from the Revolutionary War through the Cold War. What stories do we tell about this transformed and militarized region and what narratives remain muted? How do we negotiate the competing claims to this physical place and cultural space? How do we evaluate the contested layers of memory and meaning?
- Newberry Library Consortium in American Indian Studies, Summer Institute, “Territory, Commemoration, and Monument: Indigenous and Settler Histories of Place and Power,” 2012.
- Newberry Library Consortium in American Indian Studies, Workshop, “Cartography and Spatial Analysis in American Indian Studies,” 2010.
- Herbert and Blanche Henry Weaver Summer Research Award, Vanderbilt University, 2010.
- William Campbell Binkley Graduate Education Research Fund, Vanderbilt University, 2010.
- Fort Ticonderoga's 15th Annual Seminar on the American Revolution (Invited Speaker, September, 2018)
- “Why does the Almighty strike down the tree with lightning?': An Analysis of William Tecumseh Sherman's Address at the Sullivan Campaign Centennial of 1879, American Society for Ethnohistory, Nashville, TN, November 2016.
- "Came to Kendaia - Destroyed It," McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Works-in-Progress Series, Spring 2015.
- "'Barbarians in 1779, Civilization in 1879': The Sullivan Campaign Centennial Celebrations and the Production of Settler Myth and Memory," Annual Meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, Philadelphia, PA, July 18, 2014.
- "The Sullivan Campaign of 1779 and the (Un)Making of Place and Space," Annual Meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, St. Louis, MO, July 19, 2013.
- "Once a Home, Now a Memory: Dispossession, Possession, and Remembrance of the Landscape of the Former Seneca Army Depot," Keynote Speaker, Historic Marker Dedication, Sampson State Park, Romulus, NY, July 12, 2012.
- MA in History from North Carolina State University
- MA in Public History from North Carolina State University
- MA in Business Adminstration from Wake Forest University
- BS in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University
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