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.
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
Natchitoches Genealogical and Historical Association
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
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, Natchitoches Genealogical and Historical Association, North Louisiana Historical Association, Labor and Working Class History Association
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