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PhD in History of Science
2019 to present
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Master of Arts in History, Public History Emphasis
University of Missouri-Columbia
Bachelor of Journalism, Minor in French, magna cum laude
Awards and Honors
Charlotte Elizabeth Proctor Honorific Fellowship, Princeton University
Graduate Fellowship in the History of Science, American Meteorological Society
Community College Teaching Fellowship, Princeton University
Andrew W. Mellon Travel Fellowship, University of Oklahoma History of Science
Taylor-Wei Dissertation Research Fellowship in the History of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma History of Science
Summer Dissertation Grant for Research in American Studies, Princeton University
UMKC History Department Louis Potts Best Graduate Student Regional History Prize
Travel Award, with outstanding merit; UMKC Women’s Council Graduate Assistance Fund
Best Early Career Paper Winner, Technology’s Stories, www.technologystories.org
Honorable Mention, Robinson Prize, Society for the History of Technology
UMKC History Department Carla Klausner Best Graduate Student Paper Prize
National Council on Public History Student Project Prize (team award) for Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights
Research and Travel Award, with outstanding merit; UMKC Women’s Council Graduate Assistance Fund
Graduate Student Prize, Western Historical Association
Public History Projects
2022-present: Creator, producer, and host, Drafting the Past: A Podcast on the Craft of Writing History
2022: Research, writing, and exhibit development consultant, Trinity Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association anniversary exhibit: “Called to Care: The Legacy of Trinity Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing, 1906-1972,” Kansas City Public Library
2021: Graduate assistant, Historians Imagine Webinar Series, hosted by Patricia Limerick and Matthew Frye Jacobson, Center of the American West
2020: Public Transcriptions Project, Humanities Council, Princeton University Library, Department of History
2018-2019: Consultant, Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City Digital Archive Project and 40th Anniversary Timeline (Contract consultant for Buck & Co., LLC)
2018: Graduate assistant, 1968 Oral History Project, collecting histories of participants in the Kansas City protests and riots following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (UMKC Department of History, UMKC’s Miller-Nichols Library, and KCUR)
2018: Co-Curator: The Ordinance Project: Voices Raised, exhibit, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center (Curated with Austin R. Williams, support from the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America and the UMKC Department of History)
2018: Consultant and Exhibit Designer: Deconstructing the Divides: Rhetorical Activism in Kansas City (UMKC Department of English and College on College Composition and Communication)
2017: Co-Curator and Site Designer/Developer: Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights, digital exhibit: (UMKC Department of History, UMKC’s Center for Midwestern Studies, Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America). Curated with Stuart Hinds and Christopher D. Cantwell.
2017: Co-Curator: Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights, traveling exhibit (UMKC Department of History, UMKC’s Center for Midwestern Studies, GLAMA). Curated with Stuart Hinds and Christopher D. Cantwell.
- National Council on Public History Student Project Award
- Midwestern History Association Alice Smith Prize in Public History
2020 to present: Public History Committee, Western History Association
2019 to present: Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity; American Society for Environmental History
2019 to 2020: Graduate Student Caucus, Western History Association
Spring 2019: UMKC History Department Career Development Cohort
2018-2019: President, UMKC History Graduate Student Association
2018: Conference volunteer and tour committee, AASLH Annual Conference, Kansas City, Missouri
February-March 2017: Transcription volunteer, Quindaro Community Oral History Project (Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area and Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library)
“Over the Rainbow: Public History as Allyship in Documenting Kansas City’s LGBTQ Past” (with Christopher D. Cantwell and Stuart Hinds), The Public Historian 41, no. 2, pp. 245-268 (May 2019).
Review of Tenacious of Life: The Quadruped Essays of John James Audubon and John Bachman, edited and with original commentary by Daniel Patterson and Eric Russell. H-Environment Reviews, February 2023.
“The Best Pieces from Different Skeletons,” a review of The Monster’s Bones: The Discovery of T. Rex and How it Shook Our World (David K. Randall) and For Want of Wings: A Bird with Teeth and a Dinosaur in the Family (Jill Hunting), Cleveland Review of Books, clereviewofbooks.com, September 1, 2022.
Review of The Power of Scenery: Frederick Law Olmsted and the Origins of National Parks, by Dennis Drabelle. Southern California Quarterly 104, no. 2 (Summer 2022), pp. 257-259.
“A Postcard from Lubbock, TX,” Contingent Magazine, contingentmagazine.org. March 5, 2022.
Review of Camping Grounds: Public Nature in American Life from the Civil War to the Occupy Movement, by Phoebe S.K. Young. Journal of Arizona History 62, no. 3 (Autumn 2021), 412-414.
“Come See the Florida Girl,” Contingent Magazine, September 25, 2020.
Review of Waters of the World: The Story of the Scientists Who Unraveled the Mysteries of Our Oceans, Atmosphere, and Ice Sheets and Made the Planet Whole, by Sarah Dry, H-Environment Reviews, September 2020.
“‘Cesspools,’ Springs and Snaking Pipes,” Technology’s Stories, March 2019.
“Drafting the Past: A Conversation on Podcasting and Writing History,” guest lecture, University of Missouri-Columbia History Department, Columbia, MO
“How to Catch a Tornado: The Tornado Intercept Project and the Genesis of Scientific Storm Chasing,” History of Science Colloquium, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
“Podcasting and Media for Historians,” featured guest, Coordinating Council for Women in History, online
“Tornadoes on the Ground: The Relationship Between Citizen Observers and Scientists in Mid-Century Severe Storms Research,” American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado
“Drafting the Past: Using a Podcast to Talk About How We Write History,” History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois
“‘The Dreaded Yahoos’: The Changing Risks of Recreational Storm Chasing on the Great Plains,” Western History Association Conference, San Antonio, Texas
“Science on the School Roof: Meteorology and Weather Education in U.S. Junior High and High Schools, 1920s-1980s,” American Society for Environmental History Annual Meeting, Eugene, OR (presented virtually)
“Storm Snapshots: The Use of Amateur Photography in Tornado Science,” History of Science Society Annual Meeting
“‘The United States Weather Bureau is requesting your cooperation’: Government and Citizen Weather Researchers in the Midwest,” Western History Association Conference
Paper: “Hail Citizen!: The 1963 Oklahoma Hail Survey and Citizen Observation in Severe Storms Research,” Princeton/Harvard/MIT Graduate Student Conference on the Physical Sciences, Cambridge, MA
Poster: “From Junior Naturalists to Nature Knights: The Conservation Education of American Children, 1930-1960,” American Society for Environmental History, Columbus, Ohio
Paper: “Noble Defenders of Nature: The Missouri Nature Knights Conservation Education Program, 1939 to 1960,” Missouri Conference on History, Kansas City, Missouri
Paper: “Access to Nature, Access to Health: The Government Free Bathhouse at Hot Springs National Park, 1877 to 1922,” Western History Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas
Paper: “‘Cesspools,’ Springs, and Snaking Pipes: The use of technology to reroute the water and the social landscape of Hot Springs National Park,” Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri
Paper: “A Trouper to the End: The Complicated Career of ‘Florida Fat Girl’ Alpine Blitch,” Western Association of Women Historians Annual Conference, Davis, California
Poster: “From Marking History to Making History: Activists, Community Members and Students Collaborate to Highlight Kansas City’s Role in the Fight for Gay Rights,” National Council on Public History Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada
Paper: “‘How History is Made’: A Public History Class Gains Real-World Experience in Highlighting an Overlooked History,” and chair, “A New Generation of Public History Projects: Lessons From the Field,” Missouri Conference on History, Jefferson City, Missouri
Fall 2022: World Civilization II (online), Camden County Community College
Spring 2022: Graduate Mentee, Community College Teaching Fellowship, Camden County Community College
2018/2019: Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Missouri-Kansas City (History 102: U.S. History Since 1877)
Fall 2017: Grader, Department of History, University of Missouri-Kansas City (Anchor Course: “Science and Technology in Society”)
Spring 2017: Grader, Department of History, University of Missouri-Kansas City (Anchor Course: “Fighting for Civil Rights”)
Other Work Experience
Princeton Center for Digital Humanities
Public Writing Graduate Fellow, Fall Semester 2020
• Managed, edited, and wrote features for the twice-monthly CDH email newsletter
• Consulted with other campus departments to coordinate public writing efforts
• Provided additional editing service to CDH staff as needed
Graduate Communications Assistant, 2019–2020
• Redesigned and relaunched the twice-monthly CDH email newsletter
• Edited newsletter features written by undergraduate students and CDH staff
• Wrote newsletter features on digital humanities projects
Freelance Copy Editor, August 2017 – present
• Review labels and other text for projects ranging from minor rotations to major traveling exhibitions for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri
Graduate Research Assistant, State Historical Society of Missouri, January 2019 – May 2019
• Digitized and wrote metadata for more than 3,500 photographs from the Jewish Community Archives
• Processed collections and wrote finding aids for fifteen collections
Interim Director of Education, Missouri Humanities Council, January – May 2018
• Coordinated statewide traveling exhibits, including the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum on Main Street Hometown Teams exhibit, with local sites across Missouri
• Developed and execute local programming, including a quarterly Environmental Humanities lecture series and First Friday events in our Crossroads Arts District location
Intern, Missouri Humanities Council, August – December 2017
• Worked 20 hours per week in the MHC Kansas City office and assisted with a variety of projects, including serving on committees for the American Association of State and Local History 2018 annual meeting in Kansas City, managing the MHC Speakers’ Bureau, and helping to create monthly programming.