NOTE: This isn’t my complete, up-to-date cv, just the salient bits for public consumption.


Ph.D., American Studies Program, College of William and Mary
, American Studies Program,College of William and Mary
, Liberal Studies Program,University of Delaware 


 Associate Vice Provost, University Programs, James Madison University, July 2013-present

Associate Dean, University Studies,James Madison University, July 2008 to July 2013

Cluster Two (Arts and Humanities) Coordinator, General Education Program, James Madison University, July 2005 to July 2009

Director, Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Program, Marymount University, January to June 2005


 Associate Professor, Department of History (tenured), James Madison University, 2005 to present

 Associate Professor, Department of History and Politics (tenured) Marymount University, 2002-2005  

Assistant Professor, Department of History and Politics, Marymount University, 1997-2002

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, UNCW, 1996-1997

Instructor, American Studies Program, College of William and Mary, 1992


U. S. History to 1877
Introduction to Public History
Colonial-Revolutionary America
Early National-Jacksonian Eras
Civil War and Reconstruction
Gilded Age and Progressive Eras
Immigrants and Ethnicity
Women in America
Oral and Local History
Senior Seminar (Capstone)
in the 1960s
Community Studies/Local History Workshop
Intro to American Studies
History Seminar (Research and Methods)



“Deep Currents: Race, Place, and Memory in Wilmington, NC” (In progress).

Editor. Fleeing the Famine: North America and Irish Refugees, 1845-1851 (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2003).

Black Powder, White Lace: The du Pont Irish and Cultural Identity in 19th-Century America (Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 2002).

Co-author. Norvelt and Penncraft, Pennsylvania:  Subsistence Homestead Communities of the 1930s (Washington, D.C.:  HABS/HAER Division, NPS, 1991).

A Legacy of Coal:  The Coal Company Towns of Southwestern Pennsylvania (Washington, D.C.:  HABS/HAER Division, NPS, 1989).


 “Company Towns” in The Encyclopedia of American Industrial History edited by Thomas Heinrich (New York: ME Sharpe, 2002).

 “The Irish in Delaware” in The Encyclopedia of the Irish in America edited by Michael Glazier (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1999).

 “A Legacy of Coal:  The Coal Company Towns of Southwestern Pennsylvania,” in Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture, IV edited by Thomas Carter and Bernard L. Herman (Columbia:  University of Missouri Press, 1991).       


    Editor. “The Black Heritage Museum of Arlington,” (2002-2005)

Editor.  Wilmington’s African-American Heritage, brochure (Wilmington, NC:The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 1997).


“Black Powder, White Lace: The Irish Community at Hagley,” March 2014. Invited lecture, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE.

“Black & White & Bluestone: Racing History at the Normal, at Madison, and Beyond,” paper presented at the 2013 Virginia Universities and Race Histories Conference, Nov. 9, 2013, UVa, Charlottesville, VA.

“The Liberal Arts and Decision Making: Cultivating Ethical Reasoning and Exercising Judgment,” co-presenter with Fletcher Linder. October 2013. Fifth Biennial Conference of The American Conference of Academic Deans and The Phi Beta Kappa Society. Memphis, TN.

“Lead, Follow, AND Get Out of the Way: Strategies for General Education Program Administrators,” workshop sponsored by the American Council of Academic Deans, AAC&U meeting, Boston, MA, March 2012. Co-presented with Laura Behling, Butler University.

 “Challenges in Administering General Education Programs,”  and “Voices from the Bridge,” both at  AGLS, Miami, Florida, October 2011. 

 “Sustaining a Mature Program: General Education at JMU.” Keynote address. Association of General and Liberal Studies, October 2009.

 “Assessing Global Learning at JMU.” Invited speaker. AAC&U Global Learning Forum, March 2009.


My service reflects my commitment to fostering high quality liberal education programs, advancing the humanities, and creating an inclusive, equitable environment on campus.

Association of General and Liberal Studies, President (2014-present); President-elect (2012-present); Executive Board (2010-2012)

Virginia Humanities Conference, Delegates Board, (2008-2013)

Engaged University Council and Civic Engagement Steering Committee (co-chair, 2014-present), JMU

Compensation Task Force (2011-2012), JMU

Madison Caucus for Gender Equality (chair, 2011-2014), JMU

Quality Enhancement Plan Task Force (2011-2013), JMU

JMU Annual Diversity Conference Planning Committee (co-chair, 2009-2011), JMU

Carnegie Community Engagement Steering Committee (2010-2014), JMU

Provost’s Award for Outreach and Engagement Committee (2010-2014), JMU

Carnegie Foundation ‘Engaged Campus’ Classification Committee (2009-2010), JMU

Civic Engagement Task Force (chair, 2008-2011), JMU

Personnel Action Committee, History Department (2007-2015), JMU

General Education Diversity Advisory Board (chair, 2008-present), JMU

Diversity Board Chairs Council (2008-present), JMU

Liberal Education Institute Planning Committee (2005-2008; chair, 2008-2013), JMU

General Education Council (2005-present)

University Strategic Planning Committee (2003-2005), MU

University Benefits Committee (2003-2005), MU

General Education Review Committee (1997-2005; chair 2000-2002), MU


Executive Board, Black Heritage Museum of Arlington, 2001-2005

Exhibit Consultant, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution Spring 2003

Public Historian in Residence, 1898 Centennial Foundation, 1996 to 1997

Research Assistant, Historical Research Division, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation,1990 to 1992

Historian, HABS/HAER Division, National Park Service, 1987 to 1989