I am a visiting assistant professor of history at Louisiana Tech University. I am also a research fellow, affiliated with the Waggonner Center for Civic Engagement and Public Policy and the Louisiana Tech Research Institute (LTRI).
I teach courses on war and American society; youth, sexuality, and gender; the history of food; world history; and recent U.S. history. As a research fellow I write curriculum in the fields of cyber security, foreign policy, nuclear deterrence, and the Cold War for audiences ranging from K-12 students to active duty military officers.
I earned my PhD from Temple University in American history. I successfully defended my dissertation, “A Family Affair: Military Service in the Postwar Era,” in July 2017. This manuscript examined military family policies in the Army and Marine Corps through the lens of gender, asking how policymakers crafted policy in a changing landscape.
I am also a trained public historian, having completed an MA at the University of Utah, where I was the assistant director of the American West Center. While at the Center, I was also lead oral historian on several projects, including Outdoor Recreation and Saving the Legacy: An Oral History of Utah’s Veterans. While working on my PhD at Temple, I had the pleasure of serving as the Allen F. Davis Fellow in Public History at the Philadelphia History Museum.