My research employs a biographical approach to explore political, social, and economic development in the nineteenth century, with emphasis on the American South and West. I am interested in the transmission of U.S. values and ideology, and their overlay onto the cultural landscape of Southern California following U.S. conquest.
“Surveying the Past: Virginia archaeological team uncovers layers of meaning in a Jeffersonian map from The Huntington.” Huntington Library Frontiers, Spring/Summer 2010.
“Cultivating an Ideal: Agrarian Aspirations in the Creation of Pasadena, California, 1873-1895.” MA thesis, University of Virginia, 2010.
Interview with Harold B. Zook. Pasadena, California: Pasadena Heritage Oral History Project, 2013.
Co-authored with Dr. Alison Bell: “A Good Life: Turn of the 19th-Century Strategies in Albemarle County and Beyond,” in Papers from Upland Archaeology in the East Symposium XI, compiled by Clarence R. Geier. Harrisonburg, Virginia: James Madison University, 2014.
Lecturer, University of Virginia, Corcoran Department of History, “The Worlds of William Short” undergraduate history seminar (with Ph.D. candidate Elizabeth Klaczynski), Spring 2012.
Adjunct professor,University of Southern California, Price School of Public Policy, “Urban Context for Policy and Planning” undergraduate course, Fall 2013.
Guest lecturer, Washington and Lee University, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, “Archaeological Field Methods” field school course (with Associate professor of Anthropology and Archaeology Alison Bell), May 2014.
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I am an architectural historian.
Historical adaptation for Peter Biggs performance, “Lost Voices” segment of “Innovator Stories,” for Fall 2018 TMP 111: Technology, Business, and Society (Professor John Greathouse): https://www.uctv.tv/shows/34370