I study the intersection of race, gender, ethnicity, and the politics of belonging in the nineteenth-century U.S. West, looking to spaces where histories of conflict and conquest converged with histories of slavery, Civil War, and Reconstruction. In particular, my dissertation seeks to reconceive of Indian Territory—what eventually became the states of Kansas and Oklahoma—as a contested space where a diverse group of native and non-native residents and newcomers contended with one another, each imagining various possibilities for that territory’s future.
B.A., Macalester College, St. Paul, MN. (2012)
- U.S. History
- “Hanging Cherokee Bill: The Outlaw Problem and the Drive for Statehood in Indian Territory, 1887-1907”
Working Dissertation Title
- “Shadowland: Indian Territory’s Contested Past and Uncertain Future, 1800-1910”
Courses Taught as TA
- History 461 – “The American West to 1850” and 462: “The American West 1850-Present”