Academic and Professional Portfolio


I teach history and geography at SOWELA Technical Community College in Lake Charles, LA.

I graduated from the Transatlantic History Doctoral Program from the Department of History and Geography at the University of Texas at Arlington, completing all coursework with a 4.0 and mastered comprehensive examinations in the fields of Migration History, Revolutions, Cartographic History and the History of Exploration and “Discovery.”

My dissertation, entitled “Indians in their Proper Place: Culture Areas, Linguistic Stocks, and the Genealogy of a Map” explores 150 years of thematic maps of American Indian homelands, languages, and culture.

Prior to doctoral studies, I graduated from the Master’s of Arts Heritage Resources Program at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana in May 2011.  That holistic program afforded me many research opportunities. The program also introduced and reinforced skills from a variety of fields, including:  interpretation methods,  materials conservation and preservation,  museum and historic sites management, CRM law, Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) documentation, oral history, and ethnography.

My wide-ranging academic and research interests include social history,cultural anthropology (especially cultural diffusion), cartographic history, history of social sciences, labor and working-class history, socio-cultural theory, folklore, American Indian studies, ethnohistory, political economy, foodways, religious studies and aesthetics. Additional geographical and theoretical interests include:  French/Spanish/ American Indian borderlands (and the Spanish North American frontier) of the 18th Century,  South and Southeast Asia,global labor migration, the Czech Republic and Central Europe.

I have experience in event planning, non-profit administration, and grants management.

I have studied at a variety of institutions, ranging from Bossier Parish Community College where I received an associates degree to Charles University in Prague where I studied Czech history, politics, and culture for two semesters. I received bachelor’s degrees in History and Anthropology from the University of New Orleans in 2001, and a Master’s of Science Degree in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2003. I have also completed graduate-level coursework in Education and Afro-American Studies.

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Curriculum Vitae


Summer 2019. Material Maps in the Digital Age, Newberry Library Four Week Summer Seminar (NEH Sposored)

Fall 2018- Spring 2019. Postgraduate Research Fellow, the University of Texas at Arlington

Summer 2016. Digital Native American and Indigenous Studies workshop (NEH sponsored)

Fall 2011- August 2018. University of Texas at Arlington Transatlantic History Ph.D. 

2009-2011. Northwestern State University M.A. Heritage Resources

2003. University of New Orleans Alternative Teacher Certification Program

2001-2003. University of Massachusetts Amherst, M.S. Labor Studies

1998-2001. University of New Orleans B.A. History; B.A. Anthropology

1992-1997. Bossier Parish Community College, A.G.S. Social Sciences

Selected Professional and Academic Memberships

American Historical Association     Organization of American Historians    American Society for Ethnohistory  The Southern Historical Association
Dallas Area Social History Group   Transatlantic History Student Organization

Texas State Historical Association   Louisiana Historical Association   Society for the History of “Discoveries”     Texas Map Society

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association     American Studies Association

Critical Ethnic Studies Association  

Natchitoches Genealogical and Historical Association

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

                                                           Southern Foodways Alliance

MAHR Awards, College of Liberal Arts Convocation 2010

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Phi Beta Delta Honor Society

Phi Theda Kappa International Honor Society

The Phi Beta Kappa Society

Golden Key International Honour Society 

Past Memberships

American Anthropology Association (including section and interest memberships in  Association for Indigenous Anthropologists; Anthropology of Work; Anthropology of Public Policy; Music and Sound), Caddo Conference Organization,  George Wright Society North Louisiana Historical Association, Labor and Working Class History Association

Seminars, Trainings, Workshops, and Continuing Education 

Covid-19 Contact Tracing Course- Johns Hopkins University (Certificate via Coursera) September 5, 2020

“Why Study Labor History?” with Toni Gilpin, September 3, 2020

Feminisms & Indigenous Womxn: Two-Spirit, Gender and SexualityIndigenous Environmental Network, September 2, 2020

Reclaiming the Ancestors: Indigenous and Black Perspectives on Repatriation, Human Rights, and Justice Confirmation, September 2, 2020

Third Annual OER Conference #LCTCS2020OER Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS), South Louisiana Community College, February 7, 2020 

Tourism and Travel Management Course- University of Queensland Australia (via EdX) May 6, 2019

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