“History Through Discovery” is my approach to teaching, research, and service through public history. In addition to teaching in the Department of History, I am director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers-Camden, and I lead a project to create an Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. My fields of graduate training are U.S. culture and material culture, nineteenth and twentieth centuries; U.S. social and political history, 1820s-1880s; U.S. popular culture, twentieth century; and world history (teaching and major themes). I also do research and teach courses in public history and urban and suburban history.
Projects and books:
- Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia
- Capital of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations (companion website with teaching guides, document links, and blog)
- Independence Hall in American Memory (companion website with teaching and staff development guides, case studies, and documents)
Ph.D., Temple University (History); Master of Liberal Arts, University of Pennsylvania; Bachelor of Science, Ball State University (Journalism and Political Science).