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- United States
- NC North Carolina
- Queens University of Charlotte
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- Environmental History, U.S. History, Disaster History, History of Race & Racism, Southern History, Labor History
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- About Me
I am a visiting assistant professor in the Queens University of Charlotte’s history department for the 2019 – 2020 school year. Originally from South Carolina, I graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in geography in 2011, and earned my MA in geography from the University of British Columbia in 2013. I just completed a Ph.D. in history at the University of Colorado Boulder, with assistance from a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow for the 2018 – 2019 school year. My book project, based on my dissertation, Hurricane of the New South: Disruption, Dispossession, and the Great Sea Island Storm of 1893, uses the deadly hurricane to expose political, demographic, economic, and environmental changes in South Carolina at the dawn of Jim Crow.
I am also working on two additional article projects. One examines the use of convict labor from the Charleston city and county court system for municipal revitalization projects in the Jim Crow era; and the other traces the life of Captain Edward “Ned” Tennant, a Black Reconstruction-era militia captain in Edgefield County, South Carolina.
I am dedicated to service and pedagogical work. I served on the organizing committee of the Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conference in 2016 and 2017, I was president of my department’s History Graduate Student Association, and I was on the graduate council of the Southern Historical Association. In addition to leading many semesters of discussion sections, I have been the instructor of record of American History before 1865 twice. I served as the graduate student member of Dr. Natalie Mendoza’s History Teaching and Learning Project at CU, a ground-breaking pedagogical project. Finally, I am a co-founder and contributing editor of Erstwhile, an American history blog, which has run weekly posts during the school year since Fall 2014.
- Recent Publications
“Maybe National Park: Consultation, Conservation, and Conflict in the Okanagan-Similkameen,” (July 2015) in BC Studies. Winner of the BC Studies Prize for the journal’s best article of the year.
Forthcoming November 2019 in the Journal of Southern History, “Black autonomy, Red Cross recovery, and white backlash after the Great Sea Island Storm of 1893.”
For Environmental History Now:
For Rabble: “What’s ‘natural’ about a natural disaster? Not much,” September 2017
For Erstwhile: See all posts here. Select titles below:
- “Reckoning with and remaking southern landscapes of white supremacy,” September 2018.
- “Moving away from monuments: Doing southern history well at two South Carolina house museums,” January 2018.
- “A Southerner in the West: Tracing sightlines between southern and western identity,”November 2017.
- “Hurricanes, historians, and environmental injustice: De-naturalizing ‘natural’ disaster,”September 2017.
- “An appeal for grace: The white historian’s responsibility to radical empathy and refuting the invented past,” February 2017.
- “Remembering the Great Sea Island Storm of 1893: Mermaids, culpability, and the postbellum Lowcountry,” September 2016.
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- Expertise by Geography
- United States
- Expertise by Chronology
- 19th century, 20th century
- Expertise by Topic
- Environment, Labor, Pedagogy, Race