Assistant Professor of History
I am an assistant professor at Middle Tennessee State University where I teach Civil War and American history and conduct research on guerrilla war and spatial methodologies. I also work at the University of Georgia's Center for Virtual History on multiple digital humanities projects. In 2012, I served as a National Park Service Park Ranger at the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. In addition to my academic career, I work as a drummer, recently recording albums with Athens, GA bands Polar Waves and The Salt Flats.
A SPATIAL APPROACH TO CIVIL WAR MISSOURI'S DOMESTIC SUPPLY LINE
In Brian D. McKnight & Barton A. Myers, eds., The Guerrilla Hunters: Irregular Conflicts during the Civil War (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2017).
This book chapter illustrates guerrillas' domestic supply line and the Union army's participation in household war.
CONTROLLED CHAOS: SPATIOTEMPORAL PATTERNS WITHIN MISSOURI'S IRREGULAR CIVIL WAR
In Joseph M. Beilein, Jr. & Matthew C. Hulbert, eds., The Civil War Guerrilla: Unfolding the Black Flag in History, Memory, and Myth (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2015).
This book chapter argued that the Union army comprised guerrillas' main target in occupied Missouri.
"Federal Eyes: How the Union Saw Kentucky's Civil War," Ohio Valley History 18, no. 3 (Fall 2018): 6-25.
"Guerrillas in the Archive: Kentucky's Irregular War through the Governor's Eyes," Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 116, no. 2 (Spring 2018): 209-236.
Matthew C. Hulbert, The Ghosts of Guerrilla Memory: How Civil War Bushwhackers Became Gunslingers in the American West (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2016).
Joseph M. Beilein, Jr., Bushwhackers: Guerrilla Warfare, Manhood, and the Household in Civil War Missouri (Kent: Kent State University Press, 2016).
DIGITAL HUMANITIES PROJECTS
Fugitive Federals visualizes the escape of 3,000 Federal prisoners of war. The location and timing of these escapes reveals the intertwined collapse of the Confederacy’s prison system, military defense, and society. The routes of travel for escaped prisoners exposes the location of slaves and white southerners engaged in resistance to the Confederacy. Biographies researched by students at Texas A&M University and the University of Georgia provides a rich database of information on prisoners of war and their experiences.
The digital component of my dissertation is a multi-theater spatial analysis of guerrilla war during the American Civil War. It argues that guerrillas were savage, yes, but also organized, opportunistic, and hell-bent on undermining Union occupiers. It also interprets the Civil War as simultaneously regular and irregular, a war of occupation, a war over hearts and minds as much as southern territory.
A growing database of nineteenth-century mortality data, including the United States mortality censuses (1850-1880) and county-level coroners’ inquests from several Southern states. The project uses the data to chronicle the history of death investigation and the growth of a public health system in the United States while also exploring the massive inequalities in health outcomes in the period–especially those pertaining to slave’s and freedmen’s lived experiences.