Welcome to my professional website. At present, I hold appointments as an associate vice provost and a professor of history at James Madison University. Since I was a first-generation college student, I don’t take those titles for granted but I don’t take them too seriously, either. Instead, I think of my academic self as an educator, administrator, and scholar, hence the tagline, above. I have many interests, however, and my areas of expertise, like my degrees, cross boundaries.