Originally from South Carolina, I graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in geography in 2011, and earned my MA in geography from the University of British Columbia in 2013. I am now a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Colorado Boulder and a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow for the 2018 – 2019 school year. My work lies at the nexus of the histories of labor, race and racism, and the environment of South Carolina. I am in the midst of writing my dissertation, “Hurricane of the New South: Disruption, Dispossession, and the Great Sea Island Storm of 1893,” which uses the deadly hurricane to expose political, demographic, economic, and environmental changes in South Carolina at the dawn of Jim Crow. I also have projects in the works on the long history of ditching as a form of environmental and labor management in the South Carolina Lowcountry and on Ned Tennant, a Black militia captain and activist during Reconstruction in Edgefield County, South Carolina.
I am also dedicated to service and pedagogical work. I organized the Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conference in 2016 and 2017 with three co-chairs, and I served as president of my department’s History Graduate Student Association. In addition to leading many semesters of discussion sections, I have been the instructor of record of American History before 1865 twice. I served as a graduate student member of Dr. Natalie Mendoza’s History Teaching and Learning Project at CU, a ground-breaking pedagogical project. Finally, I am a co-founder and managing editor of Erstwhile, an American history blog that publishes peer-reviewed posts weekly during the school year, since Fall 2014.