I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the direction of Susan L. Johnson, studying U.S. history with a focus on the North American West, race, ethnicity, and Indigeneity, and the nineteenth century. My research interests connect major threads of U.S. history across subfields: Indigenous power; Indian removal; slavery, the Civil War, and emancipation; the exodus of free blacks from the South; and U.S. imperialism. My dissertation, titled “Shadowland: Indian Territory’s Contested Past and Uncertain Future, 1800-1910,” reconceives of Indian Territory—what became the states of Kansas and Oklahoma—as a contested space where an unprecedented diversity of Native and non-Native residents and newcomers competed for power, imagining myriad possibilities for that territory’s future.


M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison (2014)
B.A., Macalester College, St. Paul, MN. (2012)


  • United States History

MA Title

  • “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”

Professional Affiliations

  • American Historical Association
  • Western History Association

Courses Taught (as TA)

  • History 461 – “The American West to 1850” and 462: “The American West 1850-Present”

Courses Taught (as Instructor)

  • History 201, The Historians Craft: Writing the Louisiana Purchase from the West (Online Course), Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Summer 2019.