Born and raised in Seattle, I studied history and economics at Whitman College and completed my PhD in history at the University of South Carolina. I have taught in the history department at Marshall University (Huntington, West Virginia) since 2013.
BA, History (with honors), Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
MA, History, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
PhD, History, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Most of my research focuses on the political and cultural history of the nineteenth-century US, with particular emphasis on the antebellum and Civil War eras. I also work on the comparative history of slavery and abolition and the history of emotions. At Marshall University, I regularly teach courses on US political history, the Civil War era, the Gilded Age, and the U.S. South from the colonial period to the present.