In Spring 2013 I graduated from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN with a B.A. in geography, a B.E.S. in music, and minors in British studies, intercultural communications, and GIS. I had the privilege of growing up in Gridley, IL with its other 1,409 residents, and I've arrived at Kent State after being enticed by the rapidly growing Department of Geography and the superb faculty here. My research areas can be surmised through my undergraduate studies. Currently, my overall focus is on memory and landscape. Specifically I am looking at ways Paul Robeson is represented on the memorial landscape of Wales. The commemoration (or lack thereof) of common labor along the Ohio and Erie Canal and the construction of nature are two other projects I am currently working on. Basically, anything at the intersection of history and culture spikes my interest: metaphors in music, Celtic nationality, popular music and place, 19th-20th century European migration, sustainable transportation, geographies of religion, and geography as performance.
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
- Historical Geography
- Cultural Geography
- British Studies
Association of American Geographers, Pioneer America Society, Gamma Theta Upsilon, Phi Alpha Theta