PhD, Loyola University Chicago
BA, Western Kentucky University
My research interests include subfields within Public History and American History. Specific to Public History, I am interested in "sites of conscience" and museums that address more difficult subject matters, such as slavery and genocide, among other tragedies and atrocities. My goals are to identify agendas in public memory in the hope of tearing down the dividing walls of hostility between stakeholders, using public history platforms to bring communities together. I have previously created a podcast miniseries on genocide memorials in the Chicago area, and I am now researching for a project on the history of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.
Within American History, I am interested in 19th and 20th century American social and cultural history, religious history, American internationalism, and the intersections between faith and memory. Previous projects have included topics such as American missionaries in the Middle East, humanitarian responses to the Armenian Genocide, the New Deal in higher education, and memory and the built environment.
Discussion Section Instructor
Scholar of the College, Highest GPA in Potter College of Arts & Letters, Western Kentucky University (2016)
Summa Cum Laude, Western Kentucky University (2016)
James Poteet Award for Contributions to Historical Field, Western Kentucky University (2016)
Arndt M. Stickles Award for Excellence in History, Western Kentucky University (2016)
Best Documentary Award, WKU Film Festival (2016)
John Lynn Award for Excellence in Public Speaking, Western Kentucky University (2013)
Cherry Presidental Scholar, Western Kentucky University (2012-2016)
“Chocolate is a Fighting Food: Chocolate Bars during the Second World War,” O Say Can You See?, Smithsonian National Museum of American History blog, October 24, 2016.
“Buried Treasure on College Heights: The Story of the 1937 Cherry Time Capsule,” SPIRIT, WKU alumni magazine, Winter 2016: 17-19.
Loyola History Graduate Student Association
Loyola HGSA Conference Co-Chair, "Building Bridges", 2018
American Historical Association
Worker, Local Arrangements Committee Office, 2019 Annual Meeting
"Sacred Spaces of Diasporas: Podcasting on Genocide Memorials in Chicago," 31st Biennial Meeting of the Conference on Faith and History, Grand Rapids, MI (October 2018)
"American Public Memory of Mass Atrocities," History Graduate Colloquium, Western Kentucky University (February 2017)
"Western's New Deal: The Shaping of College Heights During the Great Depression," WKU Student Research Conference, Western Kentucky University (March 2016)
"From Demon Rum to God's Great Gift: American Evangelical Perceptions of Alcohol," History Undergraduate Reserach Conference, Western Kentucky University (April 2015)
Interviewer and Trasncriber, Happy Medium Ventures Oral History Project, Chicago, IL
Producer, Host, and Editor, Testimony Podcast Series
Interviewer and Transcriber, RACE: Are We So Different? Visitor Evaluations, Chicago History Museum, Chicago, IL
Interviewer, Immigrant Advocacy History Project, Chicago, IL
Videographer, St. Stanislaus Kostka Church Oral Histories, Chicago, IL
Researcher and Docent, The Riverview at Hobson Grove, Bowling Green, KY
Researcher and Contributor, Printing Press Plaza Program, National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.
Creator, Speakeasy Bartender Historical Interpretation, Frazier History Museum, Louisville, KY
Pritzker Military Museum & Library (Summer 2018)
WKU Library of Special Collections (Spring 2017)
National Museum of American History (Summer 2016)
Frazier History Museum (Summer 2014)