A native of San Antonio, Texas I attended school at the University of Texas at Austin and University of Houston respectively, where I completed my PhD in 19th Century U.S. History. I am a political historian who studies the relationship between state parties and their national umbrella organizations. The process of integration between state and national political entities is often rife with tension, disagreements, and, if ultimately successful, compromise. Uncovering this process reveals both the continuity of local political identities in the face of organizational assimilation and the limits of national party leaders to control and standardize their message. My research applies this thematic template to the state of Indiana during the decades leading up to the U.S. Civil War, where the influence of conservative ex-Whig voters forced the Republican Party to behave in ways that substantially deviated from earlier methods. As an instructor I am asked by the department to teach a wide variety of courses including both sections of the Western History, World History, and U.S. History Survey, Intro to the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction, World War II, History of Fascism and Nazism, and Pennsylvania State History.
“The true and living principle of states’ rights and popular sovereignty:’ Indiana Republicans and Douglas Democrats Allied,” Indiana Magazine of History (December, 2015).
Awards and Service:
2014, John Brockway Huntington Foundation Fellowship, Huntington Research Library, San Marino, California
2009, Research Fellowship, Filson Historical Society, Louisville, Kentucky
2008, Everette Helm Visiting Fellowship, Lilly Library, Indiana University