I am a history doctoral student at Columbia University studying twentieth century American history with an emphasis on race and access to outdoor recreation spaces. I research how segregation adversely impacted African Americans’ abilities to spend leisure time in the outdoors. Additionally, I examine how people of color resisted their exclusion from the outdoors. I have a particular interest in utilizing visual sources, such as photographs and films.

You can find my CV here.

I received a B.A. in American studies (with a minor in photojournalism) from the University of Texas in Austin, and an M.A. in history from Montana State University. After completing my undergraduate degree, I worked for several years as a professional photographer before re-entering the academic world.

In my free time I enjoy leading local historical walking tours, spending time in public parks, sparking enthusiasm for history in my students, collecting houseplants, and reading scurrilous newspaper articles from the early 20th century.