Bachelors of Science, History Major, Historic Preservation Minor. 2010. Eastern Michigan University; Cum Laude, GPA 3.63.

Master of Science, Historic Preservation. Eastern Michigan University. August, 2013. GPA 3.86.

Professional and Field Experience

  • Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition, Resident Historian.
  • Board of Directors, African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County.
  • A Public Scholar working with Eastern Michigan University professors and staff to create and present history-based explorations of different fields of study.
  • Grant-funded archival and interpretive projects, including with the Michigan Humanities Council through Eastern Michigan University and the Ypsilanti District Library. AP Marshall Oral History Archive.
  • Partnering with teachers of the Ypsilanti Community Schools to create historically-based public art in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
  • Fellowship involving the research, writing, negotiation and presentation of dozens of Michigan State Historical Markers under the direction of Sandra Clark at the Michigan Historical Center.
  • Created and conducted dozens of walking tours, presentations and articles pertaining to historic African American neighborhoods and the wider social landscape of Ypsilanti, Michigan.
  • Research assistant and co-author, with Professor Dan Bonnenberger, of a ‘Reacting to the Past’ educational game concerning the 1960s New York City Landmarks Commission.
  • Volunteer archaeologist at historic, proto-historic and pre-historic sites in the Huron-Clinton Metroparks under the supervision of Dr. Bradley Ensor.
  • 2009 Four-week CRM-Oriented Archaeology Field School, directed by Dr. Bradley E. Ensor. Huron-Clinton Metroparks, Wayne County, MI. May-June.

Employment History

• 2014-Present Historian with the Southeast Michigan Stewardship Initiative Coalition
• 2014-Present Self-Employed Historical Consultant included grant-funded projects
• 2012-2013 Fellow, Michigan Historical Center. State Marker Program
• 2010-2011 Preceptor, Eastern Michigan University
• 2008-2009 Supplemental Instructor, Holman Learning Center, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI. Race, Gender and the Making of America.
• 2006-2009 Tutor, Holman Learning Center, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI. History, Science, Literature

Interests and Research Focuses

Community-based, public history projects and programs.

Pre-Columbian Ohio River Valley, including Adena, Hopewell and Fort Ancient cultures and the preservation and interpretation of remaining cultural resources.

African-Americans in the Civil War-Reconstruction Era, including Ypsilanti’s black experience as well as other northern black ante-bellum communities.

Michigan history and the Old Northwest, including but not limited to the treatment and response of Native Americans.

Community history and the uses and misuses of markers and plaques in historical literacy.

Labor and union history, including but not limited to the nineteenth century workers movement.

Genealogy and family histories; their context and relationship to the larger histories in which they are embedded.

Cultural landscapes of the American Midwest.