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


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 –


Dixie Derailed: Railroads, Capitalism and Mythmaking in the New South, Manuscript Draft currently under advance contract with the University of North Carolina 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 Flat Rock of the Old Time: Letters from the Mountains to the Lowcountry, 1837-1939, by Robert B. Cuthbert, in Journal of Southern History, forthcoming.

Review of Hear My Sad Story: The True Tales That Inspired “Stagolee,” “John Henry,” and Other Traditional American Folk Songs, by Richard Polenberg, in Journal of Southern History, 2016.

Review of Harriman vs. Hill: Wall Street’s Great Railroad War by Larry Haeg in Enterprise and Society, 2015.

Review of De Bow’s Review: The Antebellum Vision of a New South, by John Kvach in Journal of East Tennessee History, 2014.

Review of The Louisville, Cincinnati and Charleston Rail Road: Dreams of Linking North and South, by H. Roger Grant in Ohio Valley History, 2014.

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.


“How Train Stories tell the History of Capitalism in the U.S. South,” Appalachian Spring Conference in World History and Economics, April 2017, Boone, North Carolina.

“Railroads and the Magic of Capitalism in Alabama,” Southern Industrialization Project, June 2016, Huntsville, Alabama.

“Anti-Monopolism and the New South: The Southern Railway and the 1898 White Supremacy Campaign,” Business History Conference, April 2016, Portland, Oregon.

“’Murdered Upon the Railroad:’ Train Wreck Ballads and Critiques of Capitalism in the Appalachian South,” Appalachian Studies Association Conference, March 2015, Johnson City, Tennessee.

“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 Octopus comes to North Carolina: The Southern Railway and the politics of White Supremacy,” Lees-McRae College Faculty Lecture Series, April 2016, Banner Elk, North Carolina.

“The Western North Carolina Railroad and the Price of Progress,” Wilkes County Public Library, July 2015, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

“Railroads, Capitalism and Mythmaking in the New South,” Appalachian State University History Department Research Seminar, November 2014, Boone, North Carolina.

“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.

“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.


External Grants and Awards:

Faculty Scholar Grant, awarded for travel to a national conference, Lees-McRae College, 2016.

Dissertation Nominated for Allan Nevins Prize, Society of American Historians, 2013.

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.


Lees-McRae College (Assistant Professor) 2013-2014

HIS 115 Intro to World Civilizations

HIS 120 US and the World

HIS 260 Problems in US History I (to 1877)

HIS 265 Problems in US History II (1877 to Present)

HIS 315 History of the South

HIS 377 Comparative World Civilizations

HIS 388 Global History of Disease

HIS 415 Wilderness and the American Mind

HIS 421 Civil War and Reconstruction

HIS 499 Senior Research Seminar

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


Southern history, history of capitalism, business history, history of railroads, Civil War and Reconstruction, history of disease


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


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


Available upon request


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