Field & Specialties
20th Century U.S. History
Popular Music Studies
M.A. United States History, University of Virginia
M.A. Southern Studies, University of Mississippi
B.A. American Studies and Anthropology, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Alabama
Forthcoming “Planes, Pencils, and Politics: How Race and Labor Practices Shaped Postwar Atlanta,” in Reconsidering Southern Labor History: Race, Class, and Power, eds. Matthew Hild and Keri Leigh Merritt, intro. Bethany Moreton (Gainesville: University of Florida Press).
Forthcoming “‘Home Is Where the Hatred Is’: Gil Scott-Heron’s Toxic Domestic Spaces and the Rhizomatic South” in Ecocriticism and the Future of Southern Studies,
ed. Zackary Vernon
Forthcoming “Nostalgic for Utopia: Anne Romaine’s Folk Music Protest in the New Left South,” Southern Cultures 24, no. 3 (Fall 2018).
Forthcoming “DASH-Amerikan: Keeping Up with the Social Media Ecologies of the Kardashians,” co-authored with the Praxis Digital Humanities cohort, American Quarterly.
Forthcoming Review of Blackface Nation: Race, Reform, and Identity in American Popular Music, 1812-1925, by Brian McRoberts. The Journal of African American History.
2018 “A Polyphonic South: Tyina L. Steptoe on Houston’s Racial and Sonic Fluidity,” South: A Scholarly Journal 49, no. 2 (Spring 2017/2018): 200-202.
2016 Review of Africa in Stereo: Modernism, Music, and Pan-African Solidarity, by Tsitsi Ella Jaji. The Journal of African American History 101, No. 3 (Summer 2016): 380-382.
2012 Review of Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War, by Christian McWhirter. The Southern Register (Summer 2012): 24-25.
Internet and Popular Press Publications
2018 “Whitey on the Moon,” Enviro-History (March 16, 2018).
2016 “Woody Guthrie and the Making of the Folk,” We’re History (July 14, 2016).
2016 “Progressivism in the South,” We’re History (January 26, 2016).
2017 “Stars, Stripes, and Country Music,” interview with PBS’s American Experience.
2017 “Crowning Glory: A History of Hair in America,” interview on the podcast BackStory.
Awards & Honors
Grants and Fellowships
2018 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2018-2019).
2018 Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia (declined).
2017 Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellowship, National Museum of American History and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.
2017 Digital Humanities Prototype Fellowship, The Scholars’ Lab, University of Virginia.
2016 Robert J. Huskey Conference & Travel Fellowship, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia.
2016 Joel Williamson Visiting Scholar Grant, Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.
2016 Reed-Fink Award in Southern Labor History, Southern Labor Archives, Georgia State University.
2016 William and Madeline Welder Smith Research Travel Award, Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
2016 Praxis Program in the Digital Humanities Fellowship, The Scholars’ Lab, University of Virginia (2016-2017).
2016 Rose Library Fellowship in Modern Politics and Southern History, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.
2015 Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Summer Research Award, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia.
2014 Institute for Public History Internship at the Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
2014 Public Humanities Fellowship in South Atlantic Studies, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Charlottesville, Virginia.
2012 Short-term Research Fellowship, Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South, University of Alabama.
2012 Summer Research Assistantship, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, University of Mississippi.
2011 Chris Fullerton Fellowship, Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi (2011-2013).
2011 Full-time Graduate Assistantship, Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi (2011-2013).
2017 First Prize, Huskey Research Exhibition in the Arts and Humanities, University of Virginia
2016 Graduate Teaching Award, American Studies Program, University of Virginia.
2015 Critoph Award, Southern American Studies Association.
2015 Finalist, Louis Pelzer Memorial Award, Organization of American Historians.
2013 Lucille and Motee Daniels Award, Best Thesis in Southern Studies, University of Mississippi.
2013 Graduate Achievement Award, University of Mississippi.
2012 Lucille and Motee Daniels Award, Best Paper by a First Year Graduate Student, Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi.
2012 Anne Abadie Award, Best Documentary Work, Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi.
Teaching Assistant for the following courses:
The South in the 20th Century, Lectures by Grace Hale, University of Virginia. Led three discussion sections of twenty students and delivered guest lectures in the Spring semester of 2015.
Introduction to American Studies, Lectures by Grace Hale, Matthew Hedstrom, and Carmen Higginbotham, University of Virginia. Led three weekly discussion sections of twenty students and delivered guest lectures in the Fall semesters of 2014 and 2015.
From Motown to Hip-Hop, Lectures by Claudrena Harold, University of Virginia. Graded and advised students on final projects for Fall semester of 2015.