o College of William and Mary, Ph.D., 1994; M.A., 1988
o Dickinson College, B.A., 1986, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude
Recent AWARDS and HONORS:
o 2014 William Parrish Teaching Award, Department of History, MSU
o 2012 Philip S. Klein Book Prize for Best Book on Pennsylvania History, awarded by the
Pennsylvania Historical Association.
o Local History Grant -- Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Local History Grant for collaborative oral history project documenting the African-American community of the Lehigh Valley (2007-2008).
o Andrew H. Mellon Foundation Fellow, Library Company/Historical Society of Pennsylvania
o NEH Summer Institute, British and Indigenous Cultural Encounters in Native North America, John Carter Brown Library (Summer 2005).
A Town In-Between: Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and the Early Mid-Atlantic Interior, Early American Studies Series, University Pennsylvania Press (2010).
Articles and Essays:
o (co-authored with Susan Clemens-Bruder) "Taking Their Place Among the Giants: Performing Oral Histories of Pennsylvania's Black Freedom Struggle," The Oral History Review (Summer 2014).
o "Using the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's "Irish Immigrant Letters Home" to Teach Nineteenth-Century Irish Immigrant History," Journal of American Ethnic History (Summer 2014).
o "Building Urban Spaces for the Interior: Thomas Penn and the Colonization of Eighteenth-Century Pennsylvania" in Early American Cartographies, ed. Martin Brueckner (Chapel Hill: published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture by UNC Press, 2011).
o "Relying on the 'Saucy' Men of the Backcountry: Middlemen and the Fur Trade in Pennsylvania" The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (April 2005): 133-162.
Recent PAPER PRESENTATIONS:
o "Destruction or Opportunity?: Debating Fair Housing, Racial Justice, and Community in Pennsylvania," International Oral History Association Conference, Barcelona, Spain (July 2013)
o "Baskets & Brooms, Hatchets, Naked Quakers, and that Infamous 'Looking Glass for Presbyterians': The Material Culture of the Paxton Boys' Uprising," ASECS, Williamsburg (March 2014)
o "Baskets & Brooms, Hatchets, Naked Quakers, and that Infamous 'Looking Glass for Presbyterians': Using Material Culture to Deconstruct the Literature (and Prints) of the Paxton Boys" for "The Paxton Boys and the "Conestoga Massacre" 250 Years Later" Conference (December 2013).
o "Why Tell Sensational Stories of Barbarous Indians and Innocent White Settlers?
Reconsidering Loudon's Indian Narratives as Text on Race, Ethnicity, and Frontier Violence" American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference (ASECS), Cleveland (April 2013).
o "The Wonders, Curiosities, and Rarities of America's Violent Frontier Past: Hugh Henry
Brackenridge, Archibald Loudon, and The Most Interesting Narratives of 1808-1811" South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SCSECS), Austin, TX (March 2013).
o (With Susan Clemens-Bruder) "Seeking a Just Price for Her Home: How One African-American Woman Spearheaded Resistance to Urban Renewal in Allentown, PA," Urban History Conference, New York (October 2012).
o (With Susan Clemens-Bruder) "Evolving Memories and the Changing Nature of Cultural Voices in Allentown's African-American Community," Oral History Association Conference Cleveland (October 2012).
o (With Susan Clemens-Bruder) "'He's My Color, But He's Not my Kind': Constructing Class from Within the African-American Community in Allentown, How Class Works Conference, SUNY Stony Brook (Summer 2012).
o ""'The Lehigh Valley Isn't New York, or Philadelphia': Urban Renewal and Racial Politics in1960s Allentown, Pennsylvania" Society for American City and Regional Planning History, Baltimore (November 2011).
o "Hugh Henry Brackenridge and Archibald Loudon Comment on the Many Nature[s] of the Mid Atlantic Frontier" American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Vancouver (April 2011).