King University has always been a part of my life. My parents both attended King University, and it was there that they met each other in the fall of 1972. Two years later they were elected Dogwood King and Queen. While at King, my father was a student of Dr. Thomas Peake and Dr. Bill Wade. Under their guidance he found his passion for history, which he passed down to me.
I received my bachelor's in history from East Tennessee State University in May of 2008, followed by a master's degree in history in the summer of 2011. As a graduate student at ETSU, my research centered around the Irish Rebellion of 1641, culminating in my master's thesis on the role of women in that conflict. As a graduate assistant, I worked with the Teaching American History Grant, a federal grant program that sought to provide historical documents to local middle and high school history teachers. During that same period, my father and I worked for Rocky Mount Historic Site, where we were hired as freelance historians to find documentary evidence of Rocky Mount's original construction and location.
I began teaching at King in January 2012 when I was hired as a part-time history instructor. I continued to teach for King on a part-time basis until November 2014, when I was hired as the coordinator of the online Associate of Arts Degree.
Research Interests: Cultural history, early modern England, Scotland and Ireland, seventeenth century British North America and the Caribbean, gender and family history, ceremony and ritual.
Teaching Interests: The British Empire, European history, 19th and 20th century Asian history.