Associate Professor of History
Dauphin Humanities Center 217
Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2006
M.A. University of Michigan, 2002
B.A. College of Wooster, 2000
Research Fellow, Shippensburg University Research and Scholarship Program, Fall 2009
Postdoctoral Fellow, Kenneth and Frances Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, 2006 (declined)
Phi Alpha Theta Doctoral Scholarship (national), Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society, 2005-06
Scholar-in-Residence, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 2005-2006
Rackham Humanities Dissertation Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2005-2006
Aileen Dunham Prize in History, College of Wooster, 2000
James R. Turner Prize in History, College of Wooster, 2000
History 594 American Metropolitan History
History 599 Readings in Environmental History
History 105 World History through 1500
History 106 World History since 1500
History 201 United States until 1877
History 202 United States since 1877
History 302 American Economic History
History 394 American Environmental History
Honors 394 Suburbs and the Environment
History 397 Seminar in Comparative History
“From Renaissance to Region: Pittsburgh, the Laurel Highlands and the Remaking of Rural Pennsylvania.” Part of "Beyond Urban History: Suburbs and Small Towns in Postwar America," Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, March 27, 2009.
“Knock the EPA Out!: Environmental Politics and Community Identity in Appalachian Ohio.” Part of “Coal Communities in Crisis,” North American Labor History Conference, October 17, 2008. Sponsored by the Labor and Working Class History Association.
“From Mill Towns to “Burbs of the ‘Burgh”: Suburban Strategies in the Post-Industrial Metropolis,” in Mark Clapson and Ray Hutchison, eds., Suburbanization in Global Perspective, vol. 10 of Research in Urban Sociology (Stamford, Conn.: JAI Press, 2010).
“From Satellite City to Burb of the ‘Burgh: Deindustrialization and Community Identity in Steubenville, Ohio” in James Connolly, ed., After the Factory: Reinventing America's Industrial Small Cities, Comparative Urban Studies Series (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010).
“Beyond the Metropolis: Metropolitan Growth and Regional Transformation in Postwar America,” coauthored with Andrew Needham, Journal of Urban History 36, no. 1 (November 2009).
My research focuses on the role of politics, economics, and the natural environment in the shaping of metropolitan development with a particular emphasis on twentieth century Pittsburgh. I am currently working on a book under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press in the Politics and Culture in Modern America series entitled From Mills to Malls: Politics, Economy and Environment in Metropolitan Pittsburgh.