I am a public historian specializing in the American West, Environmental History, and Urban History.  After receiving my Ph.D. in American History from the University of Houston, I moved to Utah and became an historical consultant.

The past is all around us, and I believe that local history is essential to preserving our nation’s past.


Director,  California’s Fruit Cocktail: History of Fruit Processing in Northern California

Bayou City Rails: A History of Urban Transit in Houston, Texas

Consultant, University of Houston Documentary Series

Assistant Project Director, To Bear Fruit for Our Race: A History of African-American Physicians in Houston




Assistant Editor for the Encyclopedia for Environmental History

Published Books & Book Chapters

Bayou City Rails, American Public Works Association Historical Society, October 2012.

“Fruit Cocktail, Rations, and By-Products: The University of California – Berkeley and Modern Food,” in Service as Mandate: How Land Grant Universities Shaped the Modern World, 1920-2015, ed. Alan Marcus (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2015) 219-240.

Published Articles

With Kathleen A. Brosnan “Eye of the Beholder: Chaos or Order in Early Denver,” Journal of the West, 49:2 Spring 2010, 32-40.

“The Streetcar in Houston,” Houston History, Houston: University of Houston Center for Public History, March 2008, 33-42.

Published Encyclopedia Entries

Encyclopedia of American Environmental History, Ed. Kathleen A. Brosnan, New York: Facts on File, 2010 Articles: Houston, Texas; Camps and Camping; Frederick Law Olmsted; Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.; Automobiles

“Houston, Texas,” The New Encyclopedia of the Southern Culture: Urbanization, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010, 205-207.

Published Book Reviews

“Book Review of Contingent Maps: Rethinking Western Women’s History and the North American West by Susan E. Gray and Gayle Gullett” Utah Historical Quarterly

Book Review of Black, White and Green: Farmers Markets, Race and the Green Economy by Alison H. Alkon,” Environmental History 2013) 18 (4): 828-830.

“Book Review of Streetcars of New Orleans by Earl W. Hampton, Jr.,” Louisiana History, Spring 2013.

“Book Review of Remaking Boston,Public Works Historical Society Newsletter, Spring 2010, 2.


Ph.D. in American History, University of Houston, 2012

M.A. in Public History, University of Houston, 2007

B.A. in History and Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, 2002

Continuing Education: Workshops, Classes & Internships

Exhibit Makeover (Small Museum Pro, AASLH), Small Project Management for Digital History Projects (Small Museum Pro, NCPH), Utah Master Naturalist, Wetlands, Mountains, & Deserts (Utah State University), THATCamp, Certificate of Undergraduate Teaching (University of Houston), Internship in GIS Mapping (City of Houston Division of Urban Forestry), Intern (Art Museum of South Texas)




Teaching Fellow & Adjunct Professor 2011 “American History from 1877 to Present,” University of Houston

Boards and Committees

Vice-Chair, Tooele County Historic Preservation Commission

Utah Historical Association Article Awards Committee

Tooele City Library Board

Rachel Carson Prize Committee, American Society for Environmental History

Mormon History Association Awards Committee

Program Committee, Agricultural History Conference


American Association for State and Local History

California Historical Society

National Council on Public History

Organization of American Historians

Utah State Historical Society

Western History Association