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.
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.