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Ph.D., University of Virginia

Fields and specialties

Nineteenth-century U.S. history, architectural history, agricultural history, environmental history, public history, historic preservation

Teaching areas

U.S. history, public history, historic preservation

Research interests

Plantation south, slavery, agricultural reform, nineteenth-century American architecture, American campus planning

Selected publications and presentations

The Law School at the University of Virginia: Architectural Expansion in the Realm of Thomas Jefferson (University of Virginia Press, 2017)

“Planters, Poets, and Politics: Slavery and the Environment in the Virginia House Debates of 1832,” Agricultural History Society Annual Meeting, 2014

“Continental Divide: ‘Farming’ and ‘Planting’ in the United States, 1820-1860,” American Society of Environmental Historians Annual Conference, 2013

“Agricultural and Architectural Reform in the Antebellum South: Fruitland at Augusta, Georgia,” Journal of Southern History, November 2012

“Frankly My Dear . . . They Both Have White Columns: Mount Vernon, Tara, and the Plantation in 1930s American Popular Culture,” with Lydia Mattice Brandt, Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting, 2011

“The Exceptional Plantation: Slavery, Agricultural Reform, and the Creation of an American Landscape,” Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting, 2010

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