I am an historian whose research and teaching varyingly focus on environment, technology, warfare, and agriculture in both U.S. and global contexts. Currently, I teach at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts (Hot Springs, AR).
I was born in Columbia, South Carolina, but spent my formative years in and around Raleigh, North Carolina. Due to my undergraduate time at the University of North Carolina, I am an unapologetic fan of all things Tar Heel. After receiving BAs from UNC in Asian Studies (Japanese Language) and History, I completed my MA in History at North Carolina State University and PhD in History at the University of Kansas.
My time in Kansas taught me to appreciate wide open spaces and beautiful Midwestern sunsets, but at the same time cemented my love of the East Coast's juxtaposition of bustling cities and beaches. Moving to Arkansas reminded me how much I had missed trees while living in the Midwest (which I know sounds odd, but I can better explain it to you in person). In addition to my scholarship, I fancy myself as a musician, a chef, an amateur carpenter, and a mediocre point guard.