I am an assistant professor in the Department of History and American Studies at the University of Mary Washington, where I teach classes on United States history, colonial America, Native American history, and environmental history. Prior to arriving at UMW in 2011, I spent one year teaching at Bemidji State University. I received my Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Irvine, in 2010, and my B.A. in English and History from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2003.
Yes, that means I’m a Californian living in Virginia, which means my students hear perhaps more than they want to about the California mission system and its impacts on Indian communities; California’s climate and wildfires; Spanish and Russian explorers and hunters; and why the Giants’ move from New York to San Francisco mattered.