Ph.D., Mississippi State University, 2017

M.A., East Tennessee State University, 2011

B.S., East Tennessee State University, 2009


My primary research interests are in Public History and Environmental History. My dissertation work focused on the development of Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia and the modes in which ideas about death and memorialization intersected with ideas about disease control and the environment. This work combined my primary research fields to analyze environmental thought in Nineteenth-Century America. In addition to this work, I have also recently been involved in the development of an award-winning digital humanities project about civil rights in Starkville, Mississippi ( The project utilizes primary documents and oral histories to highlight an otherwise untold story of grassroots organization that made a difference in a local community. 


Rhetoric and Writing in History

History of Tennessee


Winterthur Short-Term Research Fellowship, Winterthur, Delaware, 2016

Virginia Historical Society Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellow, Richmond, Virginia, 2015

Publication Highlights

A Nobler Victory’: East Tennessee United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Search for Tradition, 1914-1931” in Tennessee Women: Their Lives and Times, Volume II, eds. Beverly G. Bond and Sarah W. Freeman. University of Georgia Press, 2015. 

In Tongues of Stone’: Civil War Monuments and the Evolution of Historical Memory in East Tennessee, 1890-1931.” Journal of East Tennessee History 84 (2012): 40-62. 

A Shaky Truce’: Civil Rights Struggles in Starkville, Mississippi, 1960-1980.”