I am a historian of the 19th century United States, and I specialize in the broad Civil War era, the antislavery movement, the memory of the Civil War in American culture, and American women's history. My book, The Tie That Bound Us: The Women of John Brown's Family and the Legacy of Radical Abolitionism, was published in 2013. I am also the coordinator for Social Science Teaching, and I work with students interested in teacher certification in the History Department as well as in the Social Science Studies program.
Areas of Expertise
- Women's Issues
EducationPhD, Indiana University, 2009
MA, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2000
BA, Knox College, 1998
Research InterestsMy book on the women of abolitionist John Brown's family was published by Cornell University Press in 2013. I am working on an article about John Brown's children in southern California in the late 19th century and about how their lives intersected with memory of the Civil War. I am also in the beginning stages of a book-length project about abolitionist ideas about emancipation before, during, and after the Civil War as well as beginning a research project on Winnie Davis, youngest daughter of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
Contact InformationPhone: 217-581-6362