Professor of History

History Internship Coordinator

Coordinator, Science, Technology & Society Minor

Education

Ph.D., University of Delaware

Research interests

U.S. history since the 1870s, history of technology and society, history applications of geospatial technology

Teaching areas

U.S. history, social history of American technology, history of American automobile cultures, public history

Selected publications and projects

“Waiting for Work in the ‘Friendly City’: Picturing Harrisonburg Between Depression and War,” chapter in Picturing Harrisonburg: Visions of a Shenandoah Valley City since 1828, David Ehrenpreis (George Thompson Books, September 2017). 

 Co-curator, JMU Duke Hall Gallery, Picturing Harrisonburg: Visions of a Shenandoah Valley City since 1828, Fall 2017, http://www.jmu.edu/news/arts/2017/08-15-picturing-harrisonburg.shtml 

 Ongoing community historical mapping project: http://gtsc.jmu.edu/shps/map/, unveiled at the National Council for Public History Conference, Baltimore, MD, March 18, 2016.

“Spatial History in the Public Square: Maps, Images, & Archives in the Community,” Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Open Grant ($4,000) with Bradley Andrick, GIS Coordinator, JMU Facilities Management, June 2015-April 2016.

“Constructing Sociotechnical Environments: Aurality, Air Quality, and Automobiles,” Technology and Culture, 55: 2 (April 2014): 287-298.

"Aggravating Autos, Gyp Mechanics, and the Limits of Consumer Advocacy" in A Destiny of Choice? New Directions in American Consumer History, edited by David Blanke and David Steigerwald (Lexington, 2013), pp. 99-119.

“Les sens perdus du garagiste. Comment le savoir-faire a été disqualifié dans l’univers automobile américain” [“The mechanic’s lost senses. Designing away deep-handiness in the U.S. automobile marketplace”] in Revue d’histoire moderne et contemporaine (59:3, 2012, pp. 19-47)

Auto Mechanics: Technology and Expertise in Twentieth Century America. Studies in Industry and Society (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007; paperback edition June 2010).

"Teaching with Historic Places: Sanborn Maps and Dusty Old Buildings," Notes on Virginia 52 (2008).

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