University of Oklahoma
Associate Professor of History, 2009-present
Assistant Professor of History, 2007-2009
University of Kentucky
Assistant Professor of History, 2003-2007
Race and the Cherokee Nation: Sovereignty in the Nineteenth Century, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008.
Gender and Sexuality in Indigenous North America, 1400-1850, co-editor, University of South Carolina Press, forthcoming.
“From Kin to Intruder: Cherokee Legal Attitudes towards people of African Descent in the Nineteenth Century,” Race and Science, edited by Hamilton Cravens and Paul Farber, Oregon State University Press, 2009.
“Power, Perception, and Interracial Sex: Former Slaves Recall a Multiracial South,” Journal of Southern History, August 2005.
“Legislating Women’s Sexuality: Cherokee Marriage Laws in the Nineteenth Century,” Journal of Social History, Winter 2004.
“Searching for Indigenous Ancestors,” Kentucky Ancestors: Genealogical Quarterly of the Kentucky Historical Society, Autumn 2004.
“Who Are the Melungeons?” review essay coauthored with Joanne Pope Melish, Journal of Appalachian Studies, forthcoming.
Ph.D., Department of History, 2003.
Dissertation: “’those Disgracefull & unnatural Matches’: Interracial Sex and Cherokee Society in the Nineteenth Century”
Dissertation Advisor: Elizabeth Fox-Genovese.
Dissertation Committee members: James L. Roark and John Juricek.
MA, History, 2000.
BA, History and Political Science, 1997.
Magna Cum Laude
University of Oklahoma, Junior Faculty Summer Fellowship, 2008.
Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, 2006-2007.
Emory University Dean’s Teaching Fellowship, 2002-2003.
Brown Southern Studies Dissertation Research Award, 2002-2003.
Earhart Foundation Fellowship recipient for dissertation writing, 2002-2003.
Emory Minority Graduate Fellow, 1997-2002.
Earhart Foundation Fellowship recipient for dissertation travel and research, 2001-2002.
Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellows Travel and Research Grant recipient, 2001.
Huggins-Quarles Award recipient, given by the Organization of American Historians, 2001.
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.
East Central University, Center for Advancement of American History
Provided two sessions on slavery and resistance for middle school teachers, February 2009
Osage County Interlocal Cooperative, SMASH Seminar
Provided day-and -a -half long seminar “The Constitution and the Civil War” for public school teachers, October 2008
Early American Art & Cultural History Program, Art Museum, University of Kentucky
Provided content on slavery and the Underground Railroad for public school teachers, November 2006
Partners in Teaching American History Grant, Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, funded by the Department of Education
Provided content on American Indian history and nineteenth-century American history for the summer institute, Summer 2005
Provide content on American Indian history and nineteenth-century American history for public school teachers during the academic year, Spring 2005-Fall 2006
Kentucky Association for Teachers in History
Provided content on nineteenth-century American history for summer conference, Summer 2005
Provided some scholarly commentary for the documentary film Trail of Tears, May 2005
“Nineteenth-Century Black Experience”
“Survey of African American History to 1865”
“Survey of African American History since 1865”
“The Civil War”
“History of the American South”
“Honors Historical Methodology”
“Honors Historical Methodology: Writing the Thesis”
“Survey of American Indian History until 1838”
“Survey of American Indian History from 1838 to the Present”
Graduate Seminar: “US History, 1820-1865”
Graduate Seminar: “Jackson, the Civil War, and Reconstruction”
Graduate Independent Readings Course: “Race in the Americas before 1865”
Southern Historical Association
Organization of American Historians