- PhD Candidate
M.A. Public History, Loyola University Chicago
I study the intersections of labor, landscape and memory in 20th century America. My dissertation traces the development of non-traditional parks and protected areas, especially those that focus on the history of labor and work. How and why did changes in political economy impact the planning and development of landscape-scale conservation and preservation initiatives, especially in regions impacted by the flight of capital and de-industrialization?
Prior to beginning my doctoral studies, I worked for the National Park Service as Assistant National Coordinator for Heritage Areas and for a variety of heritage conservation, public history and labor organizations in Appalachia, the Chesapeake Bay region and New Mexico. I am the Associate Editor of the Living Landscape Observer (www.livinglandscapeobserver.net), a website that seeks to bring together diverse constituencies interested in land conservation, heritage preservation, and sustainable community development as well as an Associate Editor for the Pacific Northwest Labor and Civil Rights History Project (http://depts.washington.edu/labhist/. I am also the co-editor of a collection of oral histories, Above the Smoke: A Family Album of the Pocahontas County Fire Towers.
Above the Smoke: A Family Album of Pocahontas County Fire Towers. Co- edited with LeAnna Alderman. Dunmore, WV: Pocahontas Communications Cooperative, 2005.
Review of Gambling on Ore: The Nature of Metal Mining in the United States, 1860-1910, by Kent A. Curtis, in Pacific Northwest Quarterly (forthcoming)
Review of "Vista House at Crown Point State Park" in The Public Historian, 32, no. 4 (2010): 130-134.
Review of From the Miners Doublehouse: Archaeology and Landscape in a Pennsylvania Coal Company Town, by Karen Bescherer Metheny, in CRM: The Journal of Heritage Stewardship (Winter 2008): 99-101.
“Alfred Fairfax” in Blackpast.org: An Online Reference Guide to African American Culture and History, http://www.blackpast.org/?q=aah/fairfax-alfred-c-1843-c-1916.
“Virgil Garnett Trice, Jr.” in Blackpast.org: An Online Reference Guide to African American Culture and History, http://www.blackpast.org/?q=aah/trice-virgil-garnett-jr-1926-1997.
“Green I. Currin” in Blackpast.org: An Online Reference Guide to African American Culture and History, http://www.blackpast.org/aaw/currin-green-i-1842-1918.
“Agnes Smith Parrish” in The West Virginia Encyclopedia, ed. Ken Sullivan, (Charleston, West Virginia: West Virginia Humanities Council, 2006) p. 334.
“Sunrise Children’s Museum” in The West Virginia Encyclopedia, ed. Ken Sullivan, (Charleston, West Virginia: West Virginia Humanities Council, 2006) p. 450.
“See America in a New Light,” Living Landscape Observer, January 30, 2014, http://livinglandscapeobserver.net/see-america/
“Parked: The Coburn Report,” Living Landscape Observer, December 2, 2013, http://livinglandscapeobserver.net/parked/
“Change Over Time in an Industrial Landscape,” Living Landscape Observer, July 31, 2013, http://livinglandscapeobserver.net/change-over-time-in-an-industrial-lan...