I am a professional historian with a passion for telling stories that are accessible, engaging, and relevant to the general public. I received my Ph.D. in History at The Ohio State University with fields in Early America, Modern America, and the History of Literacy. I received my M.A. in History with a concentration in Public History/Museum Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I have spent most of my professional life devoted to improving interpretation and education at museums and historic sites, including, most recently, Carillon Historical Park in Dayton, Ohio and James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor, Ohio.
My academic research interests include print culture (especially children’s books and religious publications) in the early republic, antebellum reform, the antebellum slavery debate in literature, the history of literacy, the history of childhood in the United States, religion in American history, and museums/public history. My dissertation examined reason and religion in the nineteenth-century United States through an examination of several educators of different religious backgrounds, including evangelical Protestant, non-evangelical Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Jewish.