Medievalism, Academia as Culture, The Significance of Library Collections.
I was raised in Minnesota and attended college in Oregon. After finishing a PhD in History at the University of Wisconsin, I returned to Oregon to spend several years teaching as an adjunct. I then worked as a rare book librarian at the Medical School for Washington University in St. Louis, James Madison University, and then the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum.
Along the way I have studied twice in Germany, worked once in Hungary, and taught on Semester at Sea for a trip around the world.
My graduate student struggles are documented here.
This past year I have been working with the urban renewal team at Dr. Myeong Lee's Community Informatics Lab on applying computational archival science to records from Asheville, NC. I am scheduled to present on this project at the AAAD conference at JMU and the iConference in Beijing.
I am also working on a project on Twitter, Sarajevo, and special collections that I did not manage to finish for class.
“Reading as Spiritual Journey: St. Bridget of Sweden.” Soul Travel: Spiritual Journeys in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe.
“Footnotes and Dictators.” Lincoln Humanities Journal 5 (2017).
“Two Brass Mites of the Widow: Saint Bridget of Sweden and the Terrors of Hell.” The Hermeneutics of Hell: Visions and Representations of the Devil in World Literature.
“German Readers and the Formation of the Henkel Press in Virginia.” Yearbook of German- American Studies 51 (2016).
“Pulp in the Ivory Tower: One University Library’s Development of a Pulp Magazine Collection from Scratch.” With Brian Flota and Julia Merkel. College & Research Libraries News 77, no. 8 (2016).
“Drinking in the Streets: The Street as a Public Space for the Sale and Consumption of Alcohol.” Die Strasse: zur Funktion und Perzeption öffentlichen Raums im späten Mittelalter.
“Hanseatic League.” ORB: Online Encyclopedia. 1998.
Open Society Institute Fellow, 1999-2000
DAAD sponsored fellowship for the European Summer University in Digital Humanities, 2018
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2008 Master of Library Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
2000 PhD in History
"Four Presidents: Libraries & Power." September 2019. Association of Library & Information Science Education Annual Conference. Knoxville, TN.
“Understanding the US Presidential Archives Online.” October 2018. Teaching and Learning with Technology. James Madison University.
“Reading as Spiritual Journey - St. Bridget of Sweden.” September 2017. Soul Travel: Spiritual Journeys and Sacred Voyages in Early Modern Europe. De Montfort University, Leicester, England.
“Brewers’ Beast: Traditional Symbols for Marketing US Beer.” April 2017. PCA/ACA Annual Pop Culture Conference. San Diego.
“Experience the World Without Buying the World: Teaching the History of Island Exploration Literature on a Budget.” April 2017. Islands: College English Association 48th Annual Conference. Hilton Head Island, SC.
“Pandemic 1918.” America’s Hidden Stories. Lone Wolf Media for Smithsonian Networks, 2019.
“History and Romance: Love Stories of Five Virginia Presidents.” The Free Lance-Star (February 8, 2017).
“Every Breeze Issue Digitized in Scholarly Commons Archive.” The Breeze (September 18, 2014).
“De Humani Corporis Fabrica: On the Fabric of the Human Body.” Outlook: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (April 2011).