- MA, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2011
- PhD, The University of Alabama, 2017
- 19th-Century U.S. History
- American Imperialism
- Antebellum American Humor
- US Empire and Imperialism
- The History of the American West
- American Civilization to 1865
- American Civilization Since 1865
- Western Civilization to 1648
- Western Civilization Since 1648
- “Stealing Naboth’s Vineyard: The Religious Critique of Expansion, 1830-1855,” in Inventing Destiny: Cultural Explorations of US Expansion(Forthcoming: University Press of Kansas).
- “Manifest Mirth: The Humorous Critique of Manifest Destiny, 1846-1858,” Western Historical Quarterly 47, no. 3 (Autumn 2016), 283-302.
- “Senator Graves’s Speech: Dixie Bibb Graves and the Changing Conception of ‘The Southern Lady’,” The Alabama Review 66 (October 2013): 253-277.
Fellowships & Awards
- Charles Redd Fellowship Award in Western American History (2018).
- New England Regional Fellowship Consortium Fellowship (2018-2019).
- Archie K. Davis Fellowship from the North Caroliniana Society (2018-2019).
- Mellon Research Fellowship from the Massachusetts Historical Society (2017-2018).
- Fall 2017 Scholarly Research Fellowship from the Kentucky Historical Society (Fall 2017).
- Ulysses S. Grant Association Travel Grant (2016).
- Mellon Research Fellowship from the Virginia Historical Society (2016).
Presentations & Panels
- “Are We Descended from Puritans or Pagans?: New England’s Critique of Manifest Destiny.” Research Presentation at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston, Massachusetts, May 23, 2018.
- “The Critique of Conquest: Kentucky and the Expansion of the United States, 1848-1871.” Research Presentation at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort, Kentucky, March 16, 2018.
- “Coveting Naboth’s Vineyard: The Religious Critique of Manifest Destiny.” Presentation at Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 23, 2017.
- “Cuba, Canada, and the Fracturing of Manifest Destiny, 1850-1854.” Presentation at Dreams of Dominion: The U.S. South and Latin America, University of Alabama, March 27, 2017.
- “Liberators or Licentious Pirates? The Portrayal of Filibusters in the 1850s.” Poster presentation at the 131st Meeting of the American Historical Association, January 7, 2017.
- “Highway Robbery: Cuba, Filibustering, and Southern Honor,” at the Southern Studies Conference, Auburn University at Montgomery, February 5, 2016.