From writing and conducting research to organizing exhibits and public programs, I have extensive experience in public history. From 2006 to 2020, I served as the Director of Education at the Evanston History Center. From 2007-2013, I served as the archivist for Alpha Phi Foundation, where I oversaw the archives, designed convention exhibits, conducted research, and wrote a new history of Alpha Phi’s first fifty years. From 2001-2005, I worked for the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation, with projects including exhibit design, research and writing, and oversight of a project to restore the Foundation’s set of stained glass windows designed by Tiffany Studios, New York. I also served as a fellow and intern for the Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
My academic and research work focuses on 20th and 21st century American history culture.
My publications include The Takeover 1968: Student Protest, Campus Politics, and Black Student Activism at Northwestern University (EHC Press, 2019) and War Games: Inside the World of 20th-Century War Reenactors (Smithsonian Books, 2004). I’ve also edited several books including, My Hut: A Memoir of a YMCA Volunteer in World War One (editor, 2006); Evanston: A Tour Through the City’s History (editor, 2013), and a new critical edition of Charles Gates Dawes, A Journal of the Great War (editor, 2016). My essays and reviews have appeared in various anthologies and publications, including The New York Times.