Assistant Professor


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  • Office Hours:

    FA17 Mondays 11-noon; Thursdays 11:30-1:15
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Assistant Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Public History and Environmental History
  • Department:

    • History
  • Education:

    • Ph.D., University of New Mexico


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Areas of Specialization

Public History with Professor Thomas Cauvin.  History of Women Gender & Sexuality with Professors Alexander and Little. Environmental History with Professors Orsi and Alexander.


I joined the faculty at CSU in fall 2012 when I was hired as one of the department s three Public Historians. Prior to my time at CSU I worked in a wide range of Public History positions including at a consulting firm specializing in historic preservation and cultural resource management, as the managing editor of the New Mexico Historical Review, and as a consultant for museum and outreach projects. In addition to teaching and continuing to practice Public History my research is in the field of Environmental History. My current manuscript project Screwing with Nature: An Environmental History of Birth Control in the United States explores the production consumption and disposal histories of contraceptives from the late nineteenth-century to 2010. In addition to teaching in the history department, I serve as a Faculty Council Member of CSU s Public Lands History Center. At the PLHC my colleagues and I work with students on a wide range of projects that further knowledge of the history of America's public lands using our expertise in environmental history historic preservation Native American history social history museum studies and cultural resource management.

Regularly Taught Courses

  • HIST 503 Methods Seminar in Historic Preservation
  • HIST 580A1 Methods Seminar in Digital History -- visit our current course blog here
  • HIST 479 The Practice of Public History
  • HIST 478 Heritage Resource Management (cross-listed as ANTH 478)
  • HIST 476 The History of America s National Parks
  • HIST 355 American Environmental History
  • HIST 151 U.S. History since 1877
  • HIST 349 U.S. History since 1945



  • FA17 Digital History Methods Seminar – HIST 505

    In this course, students will engage with literature addressing the primary issues of and technologies used to create digital history. We will learn, experiment with, and ultimately apply to real-world digital history projects a number of technologies (including Gephi, Sketch-up, Neatline, Omeka, and others). Our class will work with the undergraduate course HIST 480A5: Historical Methodology in the Digital Age as we workshop technologies and produce content for the CSU Lory Student Center. Students in this graduate seminar will complete their choice of one of three digital projects by working through the primary steps of any public history project. Through these projects, students will gain valuable project administration and team management skills as they work with peers and undergraduates to complete digital history projects for real clients.

  • FA17 Practice of Public History – HIST 479

    Public History, most simply defined, is any kind of history that is produced for an audience beyond an exclusively academic audience. This course will combine lectures, readings, class discussions, and assignments to introduce students to the various types of Public History. We will explore the theory, method, and practice of the primary areas of public history. Learning Outcomes: By the end of this course, students should be able to demonstrate a firm grasp of: 1) what public history is, who does it, where, and for whom 2) the core issues framing and energizing the field, and 3) the roles of historians and basic methodology used in the major forms of public history including Historic Preservation and Cultural Resource Management, Museums and Site Interpretation, Archives and Records Management, Oral History, Historical Film, History for Business and Government, Historical Editing and Publishing, Community History and Heritage Tourism, and Digital History.