I am a 20th century U.S. historian and a digital humanist. My research interests include metropolitan history, political history, and the history of sexuality. I recently completed a stint as the senior editor at Process, the blog of the Organization of American Historians, where I spearheaded a major redesign that brought the blog in line with journalistic standards and more than doubled readership.. I have also been the book editor at the Journal of American History and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Indiana University. I was a Visiting Fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an Urban Studies Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, where I earned my Ph.D. in history in 2015.
I am committed to using digital tools and strategies to connect scholars to each other, enrich student learning, and make historical scholarship relevant and accessible to popular audiences. Drawing on my experience as a former NPR producer, I produced the Urban History Association Podcast, consulted with the Journal of American History on the re-launch of its podcast, and have produced commissioned audio pieces for academic programs and non-profits. I have worked with instructional technology experts at both Penn and IU to integrate digital assignments such as creating online exhibits, documentary films, oral histories and GIS mapping into my course design for both small seminars and large lectures. I present and lead workshops for faculty on using these tools in the classroom.