- University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
- PhD in History
- Working Dissertation Title: “The Birth of the Bluegrass: Environmental and Cultural Change in Central Kentucky,” committee chaired by Dr. Amy Murrell Taylor, with Dr. David Hamilton, Dr. David Stradling and Dr. Matthew Wilson.
- Defense Date: April 15, 2017
- Master of Arts in History
- Master’s Thesis: “Inner Bluegrass Agriculture: An Agroecological Perspective, 1850-1880” presented to M.A. Committee consisting of Dr. Ron Eller, Dr. Tracey Campbell and Dr. Gerald Smith, December 2011.
- Date of Graduation, May 2012
- PhD in History
- Centre College, Danville, Kentucky
- Bachelor of Arts in History
- Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
- Date of Graduation, May 2009
- Magna Cum Laude
- American South, American Environmental, Southern Agricultural, Kentucky, Early Westward Expansion, Atlantic World, Public History, Digital History
- Graduate Editorial Assistant, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, current
Awards & Fellowships
- Charles Roland Fellowship, University of Kentucky History Department, 2016-2017
- Domestic Travel Grant, University of Kentucky Graduate School, February 2016
- Scholarly Research Fellowship, Kentucky Historical Society, August 2015
- Nominee, College of Arts & Sciences Certificate for Outstanding Teaching, 2015
- Marshall Hahn, Jr. Graduate Fellowship, University of Kentucky, 2009-2011
- Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Fraternity, 2008-present
- Recipient of Centre College’s Presidential Scholarship, 2005-2009
- Finalist for the Frank Heck Prize (awarded for the best paper on World History by a freshman or sophomore student at Centre College), 2006
- “Birth of the Bluegrass,” Register of the Kentucky Historical Society special issue “Environment and Environmentalism in Kentucky” guest edited by David Stradling and Richard Judd (forthcoming-vol. 115, no. 2 Spring 2017)
- “Ranchers, Herders, and Farmers on the Great Plains” in S. Expansion in the West edited by Tamara Venit Shelton (Cengage Learning, forthcoming)
- “The History of the American Bison” in Native Americans, 1850-1920 edited by Tamara Venit Shelton (Cengage Learning, forthcoming)
- “The New South and Its Economy” and “Lost Cause Mythology” in The South, from Reconstruction to Jim Crow edited by Tamara Venit Shelton (Cengage Learning, forthcoming)
- Review of Slavery’s Borderland: Freedom and Bondage Along the Ohio River (2013) by Matthew Salafia on H-Kentucky (forthcoming)
- Review of De Bow’s Review: The Antebellum Vision of a New South (2014) by John F. Kvach in the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society Volume 113, No. 1, 2015, pg. 119-121.
Conferences & Symposiums:
- Organized panel “Coal, Cultivation, and Contamination: Engaging New Audiences through Southern Environmental History” including “Teaching ‘Birth of the Bluegrass’: Lessons from the Arboretum, the Classroom, and the Archives” at the American Society for Environmental History Annual Meeting in Chicago, March 29-April 2, 2017.
- “To Clothe King Cotton: Bluegrass Hemp and the Atlantic World,” Joint University of Kentucky and University of Tennessee Southern History Working Group, November, 2016.
- “Hemp & Henry Clay: Binding the Bluegrass to the World” at the Henry Clay Hemp Symposium, held at Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate in Lexington, Kentucky, June 11, 2016.
- “‘Jealousy on the Subject of the Mississippi:’ Kentucky Agriculture and Market Access, 1784-1815” at the Southern Forum on Agricultural, Rural, and Environmental History Eighth meeting at Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, April 15-16, 2016.
- “The Public and the Bluegrass: Agriculture, Viewscapes, and Development Policy in Fayette County, Kentucky” poster presentation at American Society for Environmental History Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington, March 30-April 3, 2016.
- “Clothing King Cotton: Kentucky Hemp in the Atlantic World” at Atlantic Environments and the American South conference at Rice University in Houston, Texas, February 5-6, 2016.
- “‘Cotton Bagging and Bale Rope’: Technology of Hemp Culture in Early Statehood Kentucky, 1792-1830” at New Paths in the Environmental History of North America and the Ohio Valley, hosted by the Filson Historical Society and the University of Louisville, October 9, 2015.
- “Dogs on the Frontier: Human-Canine Relationships in Central Kentucky, 1770-1792” at the Agricultural History Society Annual Meeting in Lexington, Kentucky, June 5, 2015.
- “Wasting Paradise: The Destruction of the Bison in Central Kentucky” at the Southern Forum on Agricultural, Rural, and Environmental History Eighth meeting at Mississippi State University, April 11, 2015.
- “Enslavement on the Bluegrass Frontier” at the American Society for Environmental History Graduate Student Writing Workshop with Dr. Benjamin Cohen in Washington, D. C., March 19, 2015.
- “Before There Was Bluegrass: Environmental Change in Central Kentucky, 1000-1800” at the 28th Annual Ohio Valley History Conference at East Tennessee State University, October 11-13, 2012.
- “Built on Black Backs: Inner Bluegrass Agriculture, 1850-1878” at the 13th Annual Graduate Student Conference in African American History at the University of Memphis, November 2011.
- “The Kentucky Association for the Improvement of Breeds of Stock: Natural Advantages and Market Motivations” at the 6th Annual Ohio University History Graduate Student Association Conference, April 2011.
- Instructor, University of Kentucky, 2014-2016
- Fall 2015: Writing, Rhetoric & Digital Studies 110, Composition & Communication I
- Spring 2015: Writing, Rhetoric & Digital Studies 111, Composition & Communication II
- Fall 2014: Writing, Rhetoric & Digital Studies 110, Composition & Communication I
- See Teaching for examples of student work
- Teaching Assistant, University of Kentucky, 2010-2014
- Spring 2014: HIS 108, History of the U.S. to 1865 under Dr. Mark Summers
- Fall 2013: HIS 108, History of the U.S. to 1865 under Dr. Amy Murrell Taylor
- Spring 2013: HIS 108, History of the U.S. to 1865 under Dr. Amy Murrell Taylor
- Fall 2012: HIS 108, History of the U.S. to 1865 under Dr. Mark Summers
- Spring 2012: HIS 108, History of the U.S. to 1865 under Dr. James Bartek
- Fall 2011: HIS 108, History of the U.S. to 1865 under Dr. James Bartek
- Spring 2011: HIS 109, History of the U.S. from 1865 under Dr. Mark Summers
- Fall 2010: HIS 108, History of the U.S. to 1865 under Dr. Mark Summers
- Courses Designed
- HIS 351 The Republic of Nature: Environmental History of the United States
- HIS 240, Kentucky History
- Mentor to future instructor, University of Kentucky WRD Department, 2015
- “A Year in the Bluegrass Agricultural Landscape” GIF Quilt, in progress
- Filming and editing KHS Fellow Interviews for online distribution, current
- Guest on “Dogs of War” with Long Story Short Podcast, 2015
- See Digital History for these and other examples
- Intern, Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition at the Kentucky Historical Society, Summer 2014
- Research Assistant, University of Kentucky, 2009-2010
- Agricultural History Society, 2015-present
- American Society of Environmental History, 2015-present
- American Historical Association, 2014-present
- Southern Historical Association, 2014-present
- Filson Historical Society, 2014-present
- Planning Committee for the 20th Annual Bluegrass Symposium of Graduate Students, 2011