PhD, U.S. History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, June 2007-August 2012
Preliminary Exams: Twentieth Century Political History and U.S. Cultural History
Masters of Arts, U.S. History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, September 2006
Thesis: “A Climate of Violence: Fear, Violence, and American Identity in the 1960s and 1970s”
Minor Field: Cultural Studies
Bachelor of Arts, Washington University in St. Louis, May 2004
Graduated with Honors, Magna Cum Laude, with majors in History and American Culture Studies, and a minor in Legal Studies
Title: “In the Crucible of Violence: The Remaking of American Political Culture in the 1960s and 1970s”
Committee: Jeremi Suri, Chair; Nan Enstad and William Reese, members
Abstract: Looking at university shootings, war violence, violence in film, and violent crime, this dissertation examines public and political responses to violence during the 1960s and 1970s. The confluence of these myriad types of violence fostered widespread debates over its meaning and the proper governmental response; the persistence of the problem raised questions about the possible consequences of violence for perceived American ideals and pushed the debates to center on the nation's values, priorities, and future. Ultimately, this dissertation argues that the debates spawned by violence in the late 1960s and 1970s contributed to an increasingly fractured political culture and disillusioned public, providing insight into the divisions still present in modern U.S. politics and culture.
2012-Present Assistant Professor, Department of History, Angelo State University
2013 Review of Zilberg, Elana, Space of Detention: The Making of a Transnational Gang Crisis Between Los Angeles and San Salvador. H-California, H-Net Reviews. August, 2013. https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=39779.
2010 Review of White, C. Todd, Pre-Gay L.A.: A Social History of the Movement for Homosexual Rights. H-California, H-Net Reviews. March, 2010. URL: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=29313.
Manuscripts in Submission
2013 “The Zebra Murders: Race, Civil Liberties, and Radical Politics in San Francisco,” Journal of Urban History. Revise and Resubmit.
2011 “Occupy Should Remember: The Public Blamed the Protesters for the Kent State Shootings,” History News Network, December 12, 2011. http://hnn.us/articles/occupy-should-remember-public-blamed-protesters-kent-state-shootings
2012 “Democratic Convention Demonstrations (1968).” In The Encyclopedia of American Reform Movements, edited by Jack R. McKivigan and Heather L. Kaufman. New York: Facts on File, Forthcoming, 2012.
2010 “African Americans.” In Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History, Vol 6: 1946-1975, edited by Thomas Langston. New York: CQ Press, 2010.
2010 “African Americans” and “Asian Americans.” In Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History, Vol 7: 1976-Present, edited by Richard Valelly. New York: CQ Press, 2010.
2004 Editor, Gateway History Journal. Published by The Washington University Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, April 2004.
2004 Co-Editor, Americana: Essays in American Culture. Published by the Washington University American Culture Studies Student Association, 2004.
2004 “The St. Louis Civil Rights Movement.” Americana: Essays in American Culture. Washington University American Culture Studies Student Association, 2004.
2003 “The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras: A Traditional Mardi Gras?” Gateway History Journal, published by The Washington University Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, May 2003.
HONORS AND FELLOWSHIPS
2012 Department of History Merit Service Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2012 Graduate Peer Mentor Award, Presented by the University of Wisconsin Multicultural Graduate Student Network and Graduate Student Collaborative
2011 History Department Fellowship, [Declined]
2011 Vilas Travel Grant, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2007 Harry Middleton Fellowship in Presidential Studies, Lyndon B. Johnson Library
2007 Vilas Travel Grant, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2007 History Department Travel Grant, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2004-2009 Jacob K. Javits Fellow, U.S. Department of Education
2000-2004 National Merit Scholar
2000-2004 Eliot Scholarship Recipient, Washington University in St. Louis
2000-2004 Bright Flight Scholarship Recipient, Missouri Department of Higher Education
2000-2004 Robert Byrd Scholarship Recipient, US Department of Education/Missouri Department of Higher Education
2003-2004 Phi Alpha Theta Member, Washington University Chapter of National History Honor Society
2013 “The Conviction of William Calley: American Public Opinion and International Rules of War.” America and the World—The World and America, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations 2013 Annual Meeting, June 22. Washington D.C.
2010 “Violent Films for a Violent Nation: Visions of National Identity in 1970s Hollywood Cinema.” 2010 Film & History Conference: Representations of Love in Film and Television, Sponsored by Film & History Journal, November 13. Milwaukee, WI.
2010 “‘Has Movie Violence Gone Too Far?’ Hollywood Films and Debates about American Violence.” Midwest Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Annual Conference, Midwest Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association, October 1. Minneapolis, MN.
2010 “Violent Films and a Crisis in American Identity.” Communication Crossroads 2010: A Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 9. Madison, WI.
2009 “Justifying Violence: Lieutenant Calley as an American Icon.” Richard Nixon and the Making of Modern America, Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford, May 11. Oxford, England.
2008 “Radicalism, Crime, and Urban Policing in the 1970s.” Who Claims the City? Marquette University, May 2. Milwaukee, WI.
2008 “In the Crucible of Violence: The Fracturing of American Identity in the 1970s.” History Graduate Forum, University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 16. Madison WI.
2008 “‘In the Crucible of Violence’: The Fracturing of American Identity in the 1970s.” Globalizing Political History, Joint University of Wisconsin and University of Chicago Workshop, February 15. Chicago, IL.
2007 “Comparative Victims: Race, Crime, and Fear in San Francisco.” Crosstown Connections: Asian American Urbanism & Multiracial Encounters, Association for Asian American Studies Annual Meeting, April 6. New York, NY.
2006 “‘Frightened People and Frustrated Police’: Fear, Murder, and Civil Liberties in San Francisco.” Globalizing Political History, Joint University of Wisconsin and University of Chicago Workshop, November 17. Madison, WI.
2006 “A Domestic Enemy: The Jackson State Shootings and Nixon’s Silent Majority.” Invited Talk. Symposium: State of War: Modern American Politics and State-Building, University of Chicago, April 21. Chicago, IL.
2012 The Op Ed Project Core Seminar, Chicago, April
2011 University of Wisconsin Teaching Academy Summer Institute, June
Assistant Professor, Angelo State University
2013 Globalization Since 1945, Fall
2012 U.S. History Until 1865, Fall (3 sections)
2013 U.S. Policy History, Spring
2013 U.S. History Since 1865, Spring (3 sections)
2012 U.S. History Until 1865, Fall (4 sections)
Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2011 Advanced Seminar in History, Topic: Violence in Twentieth-Century U.S. Politics, Fall
Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2010 Asian American History: Settlement and National Belonging, Spring
2009 America and the World since 1898, Fall
2008 The United States since the Civil War, Spring
2007 The Era of the American Revolution, Fall
Instructor, Center for Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins University Summer Program for Gifted Middle and High School Students
2009-2012 Race and Politics, Lafayette College Site, Summer Session
RESEARCH AND RELATED EXPERIENCE
2010-2012 Project Assistant, History Department Graduate Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2007-2011 Research Assistant, Professor Inger Stole, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
2003-2004 Research Assistant, American Lives Project, part of the American Culture Studies Program at Washington University in St. Louis, directed by Professor Wayne Fields
2003-2004 Research Assistant, Professor James Gibson, Political Science Department, Washington University in St. Louis
2002 Research Assistant, Missouri State Archives
2002 Intern, Circuit Court Project in St. Louis, part of the Missouri State Archives
SERVICE TO PROFESSION
2011 Peer Reviewer for “Field Notes on the 9/11 Moment: Transformations in Community and Country.” Summer 2011. Special Issue of Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Contexts
Diversity Student Association, Faculty Advisor, 2012-2013
History Graduate Student Mentor Program, Mentor, 2006-2012
Graduate Council, Graduate Student Representative, Fall 2008-Spring 2010 and Graduate Staff Member, 2010-2012
Joint Committee on Teaching Assistants, Graduate Student Member, Fall 2007-Spring 2009 and Graduate Staff Member, 2010-2012
Funding Committee, Graduate Council Student Representative, Fall 2008-Spring 2010
Teaching Assistants Association, History Department Steward, Fall 2007-Spring 2008
Post-1945 United States History Search Committee, Graduate Student Member, Spring 2005
2005-2012 Children’s Advocate and Crisis Response Children’s Advocate, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, Madison, WI
2007 Conference Participant, Mississippi Civil Rights Martyrs Memorial Service and Conference, Neshoba County, MS, June 23-24, 2007
German: Reading knowledge, Beginning Speaking
French: Reading knowledge
American Historical Association
American Studies Association
Midwest Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association
Organization of American Historians