Personal Statement:

My dissertation is entitled “Whither Rural? Rural Development Policy and the Debate over Rural America’s Future, 1945-1980”. It examines the response of policymakers, ordinary rural people, and social scientists to widespread poverty, outmigration, and the changing economy of rural places following World War II.

Selected Publications:

“A Not So New Deal for the Homeless: Caseworkers, Masculinity, and the Federal Transient Program in Missouri,” Journal of Policy History (Winter 2017)

“Fighting Poverty in the Fields: Legal Services and the War on Poverty in Rural California,” Agricultural History (Spring 2020, forthcoming)

Courses Taught:

Politics and Public Policy in the United States, 1865-1996

Wealth and Poverty in the United States, 1865-1941

Awards & Professional Activities:

Atherton Prize for best MA thesis on a topic in Missouri history in 2014 for “Family Matters: Caseworkers, Masculinity, and Homelessness in St. Louis, 1925-1940”

Prize for best graduate student paper on labor history in 2015, awarded by the New York Labor History Association for “Fighting Poverty in the Fields: Legal Services and the War on Poverty in Rural California”

Prize for best graduate student paper accepted for publication in Agricultural History in 2019 for “Fighting Poverty in the Fields: Legal Services and the War on Poverty in Rural California”