PhD History, Wayne State University, 2016
MA History, Wayne State University, 2012
BA English, Temple University, 2006
I am originally from California, but I grew up in Seattle, Washington. I moved to the Midwest for graduate school in 2010, and I have remained here ever since. I lived in Michigan for seven years (six of them in Detroit) while completing my PhD. In August 2017, I moved to Ashland to take a position at Northland.
My research focuses on urban environmental history and the history of the environmental justice movement. I am broadly interested in the relationship between race, class, gender, and environmental politics. I am currently working on a book about the history of environmental politics and the environmental justice movement in Detroit.
Northland's commitment to integrating environmental studies and sustainability into the curriculum makes it stand out among liberal arts colleges. In addition to being in a beautiful place on Lake Superior, this region also has an impressive infrastructure of museums, archives, and other venues for practicing public history.
At Northland, in addition to teaching both halves of the US history survey, I have taught American Environmental History, Race in Environmental History, and Global Environmental History. While my major focus is environmental history, I have also taught US labor history, and I will be teaching a course on the history of American capitalism.
I try to get my students out of the classroom by incorporating field trips, field research, walking tours, and public events into my courses. I am also a strong believer in public history. Students in my courses have participated in oral history projects, contributed to online databases, and presented their research to public audiences.
My favorite activities include listening to live music, travel, reading, writing, and long walks. I also value civic engagement, and I participate in several community and environmental advocacy organizations.