Originally from Atlantic City, New Jersey, I currently reside in beautiful and sometimes very cold Boston, Massachusetts. I am an experienced and award-winning educator, author, and historian with expertise in high school and college classroom instruction, historic site tours, collaborations with museums, and history teacher training.
Research & Writing
My research and writing are focused primarily on the history and legacy of the Civil War era. I am the author and editor of three books, including most recently, Searching For Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth (2019), Remembering The Battle of the Crater: War as Murder (2012) and Interpreting the Civil War at Museums and Historic Sites (2017). I am currently at work on A Glorious Fate: The Life and Legacy of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, which is under advance contract with the University of North Carolina Press as well as editing the collected wartime and postwar correspondence of Captain John Christopher Winsmith.
In recent years, my essays and op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Smithsonian Magazine, The Daily Beast, Civil War Times, and The Civil War Monitor.
I am available to speak on a wide range of subjects related to the history and memory of the Civil War era, including the ongoing controversy surrounding Confederate monuments and debates concerning the teaching of slavery and race in the classroom.
Over the past few years I have led or co-led history education workshops with the National Park Service, Civil War Trust, Organization of American Historians, Ford’s Theatre, The Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, Georgia Historical Society, and Massachusetts Historical Society. I have worked extensively with teachers and students across the country on how to better understand challenging subjects such as the ongoing controversy surrounding Civil War monuments. Contact me to set up a presentation, workshop or tour with your group.
- April 11: “Before Glory: Robert Gould Shaw and the Second Massachusetts Regiment,” Atlanta Civil War Round Table, Atlanta, GA.
- June 10: “Before Glory: Robert Gould Shaw and the Second Massachusetts Regiment,” Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA.
- July 23-28: Ford’s Theatre professional development workshop on Civil War memory and Reconstruction, Washington, D.C.