150th Anniversary Talk on the Battle of the Crater in Petersburg, Virginia
I am a historian and former educator based in Boston, Massachusetts. I specialize in the history of the American Civil War and have worked tirelessly for over ten years to share that passion with as broad an audience as possible.
Over the past fifteen years I have taught history on the high school and college levels, most recently as a Visiting Instructor of American Studies at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Previously, I taught at Gann Academy in Waltham, MA and the St. Anne’s – Belfield School in Charlottesville, Virginia, where I offered a variety of courses, including American and European History, American Studies, the Civil War Era, Civil War Memory, Lincoln, Race and Gender, Women’s History and the Holocaust.
I am currently working as a consultant with the National Humanities Center’s Transpacific Teacher Scholars program. The project involves developing curriculum materials around upcoming anniversaries of the Vietnam War. I also serve on the board of directors for the National Council for History Education.
In 2012 the University Press of Kentucky published my first book, Remembering The Battle of the Crater: War as Murder (paperback, July 2017). I am currently editing a book of essays, titled, Interpreting the Civil War at Museums and Historic Sites for Rowan & Littlefield’s “Interpreting History Series.”
My other major project is a book-length study that is tentatively titled, Searching For Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth and currently under advance contract with the University of North Carolina Press.
I write regularly for The Daily Beast. My essays have also appeared in New York Times, Smithsonian, and the Atlantic.
Nothing is more rewarding than helping history teachers improve their classroom practices. Over the years I have worked with numerous programs and organizations, including Teaching American History, The Civil War Trust, Organization of American Historians, Ford’s Theatre, and the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College.
Some of the Organizations I Have Worked With Over the Past Few Years…