I am an historian, writer, and educator living in State College, Pennsylvania. I have a Ph.D. in History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the Pennsylvania State University, conferred in June of 2015.
At present, I am employed as the Digital Pedagogy Content Designer at The People’s Contest Digital Archiving Project. In this role, I am developing digital curricula showcasing The People’s Contest’s outstanding collection of digitized Civil War-era primary sources.
My scholarly research and writing focuses on the intersection of labor, gender, popular culture, and the body in the early American republic. My book project – entitled Groomed for Power: A Cultural Economy of the Male Body in Nineteenth-Century America – examines the rise and fall of the nineteenth-century ‘beard movement.’
When I’m not writing, much of my time has been spent in the classroom, where I’ve taught courses on the Civil War and Reconstruction, modern American history, and the labor history of the United States – both in-person and online.