CV

Here’s my CV in pdf form if you’d like to download a copy: CV

EDUCATION

University of Florida, Ph.D., Gainesville, Florida, American History, 2013.

Dissertation Title: Perilous Connections: Railroads, Capitalism and Mythmaking in the New South

Advisor: Sean P. Adams

Committee Members: William A. Link, Sheryl Kroen, Paul Ortiz, Pamela Gilbert

University of Florida, M.A., Gainesville, Florida, American History, 2010.

Pennsylvania State University, B.A, State College, Pennsylvania, History (with honors), Phi Beta Kappa.

Majored in Political Science, Minor in German, 2007.

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

Assistant Professor of History, Lees McRae College, 2013 -

PUBLICATIONS

Perilous Connections: Railroads, Capitalism and Mythmaking in the New South, Manuscript currently under revision.

“Going off the Rails: Railroad Nightmares and the New History of Capitalism,” Contribution to a collection edited by Glenn Feldman, Money, History and Capitalism, collection is being submitted for review to University of Pennsylvania Press.

“Ghosts, Wreckers and Rotten Ties: The 1891 Train Wreck at Bostian’s Bridge,”  Southern Cultures, Summer 2014.

“Infected Rails: Yellow Fever and Southern Railroads,” Journal of Southern History, February 2013.

Book Reviews and Encyclopedia Articles

Review of Railroads for Michigan, by Graydon Meints in Northwest Ohio History, 2014.

Review of Southern Society and its Transformations, 1790-1860 edited by Susanna Delfino, Michele Gillespie and Louis M. Kyriakoudes, in Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, 2011.

“19th Century Business and Industry” in American Centuries: The Ideas, Issues and Trends that Made U.S. History, Volume Four, 19th Century, 2011.

Review of Modernizing a Slave Economy: The Economic Vision of the Confederate Nation by John Majewski, in Alpata: A Journal of History, 2010.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

“Driver 8 Take a Break: Railroad Time and Speed In Southern Train Songs,” Music of the South Symposium, Center for the Study of Southern Culture, April 2014, Oxford, Mississippi.

“We’ll be on time or we’re leaving the rails: Railroad Speed and the Perils of the New South.” Business History Conference, March 2013, Columbus, Ohio.

“Creating the Main Line of Mid-America, The Illinois Central Railroad in the South, 1878-1888.” Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting, November 2012, Mobile, Alabama.

“’At once ubiquitous, promiscuous, frequent and numerous:’ Rube Burrow and the Southern Railroad Network.” Monsters and Myths in the Making, History Graduate Society Interdisciplinary Symposium, April 2012, Gainesville, Florida.

“Damnable Conspiracies: Train Wrecking the in the Southern Imagination.” Southern Industrialization Project Annual Meeting, June 2011, Long Beach, Mississippi.

“Contesting New South Capitalism: The Career of Railroad Bill.”  Capitalism in Action: Harvard University Graduate Student Conference on the History of Capitalism, March 2011, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“Perilous Connections: Railroads in the post-Reconstruction South.” Business History Conference Oxford Journals Dissertation Colloquium, March 2010, Athens, Georgia.

“Yellow Jack Rides the Rails: Yellow Fever and Florida’s Railroads,” presented at the Milbauer Seminar on the American South, University of Florida, February 2009, Gainesville, Florida.

“Yellow Jack Rides the Rails: Jacksonville’s Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1888 and Florida’s Railroads” Southern Industrialization Project Annual Meeting, June 2008, Kennesaw, Georgia.

PUBLIC LECTURES

“The 1891 Wreck at Bostian’s Bridge and the Haunted History of the Western North Carolina Railroad,” Stephenson Center for Appalachia Lecture Series, January 2014, Lees-McRae College, Banner Elk, North Carolina.

AWARDS AND HONORS

External Grants and Awards:

William F. Holmes Award, given for the best paper by a graduate student or junior faculty member at the Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting, 2012.

Newberry Library Short Term Fellowship, research award from the Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, 2011.

Archie K. Davis Fellowship, research award from the North Caroliniana Society, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2011.

Filson Fellowship, research award from the Filson Historical Society, Louisville, Kentucky, 2011.

Harpers Ferry Internship Scholarship, Richards Civil War Center, Pennsylvania State University, 2006.

Internal Grants and Awards (University of Florida):

University of Florida Graduate School Dissertation Completion Scholarship, 2012

CLAS Dissertation Completion Fellowship (Declined), 2012

James Wilkerson Dissertation Research Award, University of Florida, 2011.

Samuel L. Proctor Award, given for best paper in Southern History, University of Florida History Department, 2010.

Milbauer Research Award, University of Florida, 2010.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Lees-McRae College (Assistant Professor) 2013-2014

HIS 120 US and the World

HIS 115 Intro to World Civilizations

HIS 377 Comparative World Civilizations

HIS 421 Civil War and Reconstruction

University of Florida (Instructor of Record) 2011-2012

AMH 2010 US History to 1877

AMH 2020 US History 1877 to Present

University of Florida (Teaching Assistant) 2008-2010

AMH 4571 Civil War and Reconstruction

AMH 2010 US History to 1877

AMH 2020 US History 1877 to Present

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Southern history, cultural history of capitalism, business history, history of railroads.

RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE

Reader, AP US History Exam, Educational Testing Service, 2012

Education Intern, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Summer 2006

Research Assistant, Penn State University Political Science Department, Feb. 2006 to May 2007

Research Assistant for Dr. Sean P. Adams, University of Florida, 2007 to 2008

Staff Assistant, Penn State University Engineering Library, May 2004 to May 2007 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Business History Conference

Southern Historical Association

Organization for the Study of Southern Economy, Culture and Society

SERVICE AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

History Program Coordinator, Lees-McRae College, 2014 -

Planning Committee Member, Stephenson Center for Appalachian Studies, Lees-McRae College, 2013 -

Committee Member, University of Florida CLAS Graduate Mentoring Award, 2012

University of Florida Graduate Assistants United, History Department Steward, 2007- present

University of Florida History of Capitalism Workshop, Coordinator, 2010 – 2012

REFERENCES

Available upon request

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