I am an assistant professor at a small liberal arts college in Virginia.
I began my teaching a career at the State University of New York at Stony Brook where I served as both a Teaching Assistant (2010-2013) and Instructor (2011-2013) in the History Department. As a Teaching Assistant I helped with courses in early American history, U.S. environmental history, U.S. working-class history, global maritime history, late imperial Chinese history, and Chinese maritime history. As an Instructor, I taught my own courses in Pacific Islands history, U.S. environmental and labor history, and multiple courses in Chinese history.
In 2014 I taught as an instructor in environmental humanities at the Middlebury School of the Environment in Vermont. My essay, “Marx in the Mountains” Perspectives on History 53 (February 2015), reflects on my experiences teaching environmental humanities in the Middlebury program. Furthermore, my students and I co-wrote a document, “Forms of Working-Class / Peasant Environmental Resistance,” which is available for download online.
I am also featured in the following short film about the School of the Environment.
Since fall 2015, I am Assistant Professor of Public History at Roanoke College. My public history students have created an interactive map of local African American history, created an audio tour of a local shopping mall, put on their own “Antiques Roadshow”-style event, created an online exhibition of local Civil Rights Era history, researched the contents of a regional LGBTQ library, conducted oral history interviews with single mothers experiencing intergenerational poverty, and they are also regularly blogging about their experiences on our Internships Blog and Material Culture blog. Our public history students spend a lot of time in the field, learning from experts, and working hands-on with community members. Several history students have also worked as Research Assistants and/or volunteered with the Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project, a community-based queer public history initiative.
I have also worked one-on-one with undergraduate students in independent studies and Honors distinction projects examining: The Black Public History Movement; Black Radical Thought from W.E.B. Du Bois to #BlackLivesMatter; Issues in Digital History; The Theory and Practice of Oral History; Black Queer Studies and Oral History; Video Games and Public History; the History of Preservation Practices; and a study of public memory and oral history in a historically-Black neighborhood .
Students in my general education queer public humanities course “LGBTQ Storytelling” have conducted oral histories with elders in the LGBTQ community, as well as engaged in service learning collaborations with local non-profits such as an HIV/STI testing clinic, a sexual assault resource center, and a church for LGBTQ Christians. As head of the public history program, I am also responsible for overseeing student internships and promoting greater collaboration between the college and off-campus community.