Memory scholar and experienced oral historian with a commitment to social justice activism and community empowerment. Gifted communicator who has worked as a teacher, public speaker, academic author and entertainment journalist.
Freelance Writer 2014-2015
Published long-form essays with Narratively, O, Say Can You See? Stories from the National Museum of American History, Graze, The Inquisitive Eater and Southern Rambles. Upcoming publications include The Bitter Southerner.
Center for Historic Preservation, Middle Tennessee State University, 2013-2014
Managed staff and graduate students for the Center for Historic Preservation, including the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, the Tennessee Century Farms Program, the Trail of Tears National Historic Site Survey, the African American Rural Churches Survey and the Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County. Coordinated development of new vision, mission statement, tagline and branding. Led a social media push—which almost doubled “likes” on Facebook—and the launch of Southern Rambles—a travel and research blog by the CHP’s staff and students. Edited Common Grounds, a seasonal newsletter. Team taught “Seminar in Historic Preservation.” Facilitated community-based oral history initiatives.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Assistant Professor, 2011-2013
Taught both small seminar and large survey classes in public history and civil rights in the United States North including “The Black Freedom Struggle Post-1945,” “Introduction to Public History,” “Rethinking the Civil Rights Movement,” “The 1960s” and “Theory and Methods of Oral History.” Served on the Graduate Studies Committee. Appointed to the Center for Heritage & Society. Launched an undergraduate oral history project “Work at UMass,” a labor history initiative in which the first phase focused on the university’s clerical and administrative personnel.
Spencer Foundation, Dissertation Fellow, 2010-2011
Awarded funding for the completion of “Out of the Silence: Remembering the Desegregation of Clinton, Tennessee, High School.” Reconstructed the story of the first successful court-mandated school desegregation so that the narrative included the black community, the segregationist protestors and the teachers and students in the school as well as the white town leaders. Analyzed the account presented in the museum built to celebrate the event against the fuller narrative of the past, asking why some voices are commemorated publicly while others are forgotten so as to understand how people use memory to vie for and consolidate power.
University of North Carolina, Off-Campus Research Fellow, 2009-2010
Awarded to support the research for “Out of the Silence: Remembering the Desegregation of Clinton, Tennessee, High School.” Compiled an oral history archive of forty original interviews.
Southern Oral History Program, Research Assistant, 2007-2009
Assisted in “Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement,” an initiative funded by the Mellon Foundation. Conducted interviews with public history activists and professionals in Charleston, SC. Led the University Women’s History Project, which recaptured the story of the first generations of female faculty at the University of North Carolina. Analyzed interviews for the Documenting the American South’s “Oral Histories of the American South” digitization initiative. Facilitated oral history training workshops for community partners.
MTSU Holocaust Studies Conference, Conference Coordinator, 2005
Led the team that organized and executed the conference.
MTSU Center for Historic Preservation/ Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, Research Fellow, 2005-2006
Launched oral history initiatives for the African American Churches Project. Researched nominations for the National Register of Historic Places. Book review editor for the Tennessee Historical Quarterly. Assisted the International Heritage Studies Conference.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Doctor of Philosophy in Women’s and Gender History.
Dissertation: “Out of the Silence: Remembering the Desegregation of Clinton, Tennessee, High School.” Advisor: Dr. Jacquelyn Dowd Hall; Committee: Laura F. Edwards, Crystal Feimster, William R. Ferris, James L. Leloudis
Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Master of Arts in History.
Thesis: “Built on the Sand: Family and Gender Relationships on Pleasure Island, AL, 1890-1930.” Committee: Dr. Mary Hoffschwelle, director; Dr. C. Brenden Martin, reader
Taylor University Upland, IN
Bachelor of Arts in English Writing and Biblical Literature.
HONORS, AWARDS, PRESENTATIONS:
“Hot History.” Bitter Southerner. Forthcoming.
“Chasing Nashville’s Ghosts.” Narratively. April 30, 2015.
“Swedish in a Southern Drawl.” Graze. April 25, 2015.
“Swedish in a Southern Drawl.” Excerpt on The Inquisitive Eater. February 3, 2015.
“The Brave and Tragic Trail of Reverend Turner.” Narratively. January 19, 2015.
“Construction Zones.” Southern Rambles. July 7, 2014.
“Casting Scarlett: Reflecting on ‘ Gone with the Wind.” O, Say Can You See? Stories from the National Museum of American History. January 13, 2014.
Volunteer. Family Reconciliation Center. 2014-Present.
First Soprano. Christ Church Cathedral Choir. 2013-Present.
Second Violinist. Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra. 2013- Present.
Closing remarks. 2013 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event.
Moderator. 2013 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event. “Commemoration and Memorialization.”
Under development: “On the Road: Conversion Moments that Save Whites from Hate”
Submitted: “Built Upon the Sand: The High Price of Our Imaginary Lands”
Chair, Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series “Capstone Panel: History and Truth, Reconciliation and Justice,” 2012
Recipient of the Five College Program for Crossroads in the Study of the America’s Fellowship, 2011-2012
New Perspectives on African American History & Culture, “Casting the Mythology: Remembering the Twelve Students Who Desegregated Clinton, TN, High School,” 2011
Recipient of the Archie K. Davis Fellowship in Oral History (declined), 2010
Stanford L. Warren Public Library Lecture Series, “Voices of Hayti: A Community Remembered,” 2009
Oral History Association Annual Meeting, “Powerful Memories: Using Oral Histories in the Commemoration of the Desegregation of Clinton, Tennessee, High School,” 2009
Recipient of the Center for the Study of the American South Summer Research Grant, 2009
Triangle African American History Colloquium, “Memory and Black History,” 2009
Member of the DfO Taskforce for Education and College Access, 2009-2010
Co-author of H-Net “Report: UNC Workshop ‘What Is the Future of Feminist/Gender History?,’” 2008
Recipient of summer funding from the UNC history department, 2006-2008
Triangle Labor and Civil Rights Working Group, “Out of the Silence: An Overview of the Conflict Surrounding the Commemoration of the Desegregation of Clinton, Tennessee, High School, 2007”
Member of the planning committee for the UNC Workshops on Gender, War and Conflict, 2007
Member of the planning committee for the UNC Workshops in Family, Work and Welfare, 2006
Co-author of “Promise Land,” Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture, 2006
Recipient of the Bart McCash Scholarship for superior graduate scholarship, 2005
International Conference on Social Science Research, “In Life and in Death: Medical Care on Pleasure Island, AL, 1890-1930,” 2005
Conference Coordinator for the MTSU Holocaust Studies Conference, 2005
Ohio Valley Historical Conference, “‘For the Sake of Decency’: the Battle Between Morality and Science in Early Obstetrics,’” 2004
Recipient of a research grant from the MTSU history department, 2004
Fellow with the National Center for Leadership, 2002-2003
Freelance writer, VoxCorp, Inc., 1999-2002
Editorial intern, Beyond the Cover Magazine, 2000
SKILLS: Proficient using MS Office and social media. Confident using Audacity, ExpressScribe, WavePad, Switch and the Adobe audio editing software. Acquainted with a variety of video and photographic software. Familiar with Quark and other desktop publishing systems. Knowledgeable in collaborative media such as Skype, Google Documents, Google Sites/Wikis and various blog platforms. Adequate in basic conversational French. Capable event planner and host.