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.
Assistant Professor of History, Lees McRae College, 2013 -
“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, forthcoming in 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.
“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.
“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.
Professor, HIS 120 (US and the World), HIS 115 (Intro to World Civilizations), HIS 377 (Comparative World Civilizations), Lees-McRae College, Fall 2013.
Instructor, AMH 2010 (US History to 1877), University of Florida, Fall 2011, Summer 2012.
Instructor, AMH 2020 (US History 1877 to present), University of Florida, Summer 2011, Fall 2012.
Teaching Assistant, AMH 4571 (Civil War and Reconstruction), University of Florida, Spring 2012.
Teaching Assistant, AMH 2010 (US History to 1877), University of Florida, Fall 2009, Fall 2010.
Teaching Assistant, AMH 2020 (US History 1877 to present), University of Florida, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Summer 2010.
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
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
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