Associate Vice Provost for University Programs


Ph.D., College of William and Mary (American Studies)

Fields and specialties

19th century to early 20th century US social and cultural history, especially race and ethnicity; public history; collective memory

Teaching areas

American studies; local and public history

Research interests

History and culture of the Shenandoah Valley; history of James Madison University; higher education; race relations in Virginia and North Carolina; collective memory in the South; civic engagement

Selected publications

Deep Currents: Race, Place and Memory in Wilmington, NC (Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2018).

Editor. Fleeing the Famine: North America and Irish Refugees, 1845-1851 (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2003).

Black Powder, White Lace: The du Pont Irish and Cultural Identity in 19th-Century America (Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 2002).

Co-author. Norvelt and Penncraft, Pennsylvania: Subsistence Homestead Communities of the 1930s (Washington, D.C.: HABS/HAER Division, NPS, 1991).

A Legacy of Coal: The Coal Company Towns of Southwestern Pennsylvania (Washington, D.C.: HABS/HAER Division, NPS, 1989).


Personnel Advisory Committee, History DepartmentCivic Engagement Steering Committee (Co-chair)
Carnegie Community Engagement Steering Committee
The Madison Collaborative: Ethical Reasoning in Action
General Education Diversity Board (Chair)
Association for General and Liberal Studies (President)Madison Caucus for Gender Equality (Past chair)

Back to Top