Professor

About

  • Office Hours:

    Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:00 to 11:00 and by appointment
  • Role:

    Faculty
  • Position:

    • Professor
    • Chair
  • Concentration:

    • American South
    • Civil War
    • Military History
    • Sport History
  • Department:

    • History
  • Education:

    • PhD Louisiana State University
  • Curriculum Vitae:

Biography

My research interests include steamboats, the Civil War, the  South, and sports in America. Presently I am looking at how Union gunboats fought an irregular war against southern civilians, guerrillas, and soldiers. This project has given me the opportunity to spatial analysis (or GIS) to understand the nature of the conflict. I've published a short piece on Union gunboats for the The Conversation (and have also written about Harriet Tubman in the same venue).

I've written two books: Steamboats and the Rise of the Cotton Kingdom (LSU Press, 2011) and A Troublesome Commerce: The Transformation of the Interstate Slave Trade (LSU Press, 2003). A few years ago, I appeared on the TV Show "Who Do You Think You Are?" as a historical expert and met Jim Parsons. I've also published an article about a baseball team and the memory of the Civil War and a piece about the connection between football and the promotion of patriotic values.

My undergraduate courses include the first half of the American survey, the Civil War Era, the American Military Experience, Southern History, and the capstone course as American Sports History. For graduate students I teach a readings seminar. In my Civil War Era course, students often do a Reacting to the Past project in order to learn more about the secession crisis and I incorporate a number of active learning assignments into my classes.

Publications

Steamboats and the Rise of the Cotton Kingdom (LSU Press, 2011).

A Troublesome Commerce: The Transformation of the Interstate Slave Trade (LSU Press, 2003).

"Baseball, the Lost Cause, and the New South in Richmond, Virginia, 1883-1890," Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 106 (Summer 1998): 267-300.