past and current scholarship
My research centers on the long nineteenth century with a focus on the Indigenous and American West. I am working on two books:
My current monograph, Housing the Crows: Adult Indian Education and Cultural Conflict, chronicles the Crow Nation's engagement with American empire-building in the assimilation era. Just as government and missionary schools were key sites of assimilation for indigenous children, houses were key sites of cultural contestations and education for adults. My work on federal documents, ethnographic sources, and a unique cache of photographic collections suggests that the introduction of frame housing on the Crow Reservation was not just part of some material shortage; rather, it attempted to restructure the relationships the Crows had to the house, to the land, and to each other.
I also specialize in digital and public history, particularly examining tools that empower citizen scholars and aid them in co-creation of history. My second manuscript in progress, Digital Community Engagement: Partnering Communities with the Academy, is a co-edited volume with Jason Heppler and Paul Schadewald that seeks to establish a series of best practices for community engagement. We use promising examples of projects that emerged through the creative engagement of academic faculty, staff, and students with community partners in an effort to illustrate some of benefits and challenges in successful projects.
- Housing the Crows: Adult Indian Education and Cultural Conflict [book proposal under review]
- with Jason A. Heppler, and Paul Schadewald, eds. Digital Community Engagement: Partnering Communities with the Academy [book proposal under review]
- with Richard Edwards and Jacob K. Friefeld. Homesteading the Plains: Towards a New History. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2017.
- with William G. Thomas, III, "Building Communities, Reconciling Histories: Can We Reach a More Honest History?," in The Handbook of Digital Public History, edited by Serge Noiret and Mark Tebeau. De Gruyter Press [in progress]
- "'The Forgotten Era': Dime Novels and Ann Stephen's Victorian West," Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 33, no. 3 (January 2018): 121-140.
- "Picturing Indian Health: Dr. Shoemaker’s Traveling Photographs, 1910-1918," Montana: The Magazine of Western History (Winter 2016): 23-43.
- "Last Stands, Sabers, and Zulu Warriors: Custer and the Little Big Horn in Popular Culture," in A Companion to Custer and the Little Big Horn Campaign, edited by Brad Lookingbill. Hoboken: Wiley and Sons, 2015.
For digital projects in the classroom, see my page on teaching.
- Project Manager, Homesteading the Plains, Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2016.
- Project Manager, The Artistic Legacy of Buffalo Bill Cody, with Robert E. Bonner, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, 2014. *designated for reconstruction
- Project Manager, 'I Shall Be Glad to See Them': Gertrude Kasebier's "Show Indian" Photographs, with Michelle Delaney, Buffalo Bill Center of the West and Smithsonian Institution, 2012. *designated for reconstruction