Research and writing are at the core of my work as a historian. My publications thus far demonstrate my ability to conduct meaningful research, complete projects within financial and time constraints, and secure publication in a range of forums that have tremendous reach. My current research agenda focuses on the home front during the American Civil War, and asks questions about how notions of loyalty were contested and how the Midwestern global economy affected such things as Civil War enlistment, higher education, and town/gown relations. I also contribute essays and articles to nonacademic publications upon occasion. Below is a list of my publications to date:
Why They Stayed: The Mind of Northern Men in the Civil War Midwest. New York: Fordham University Press (in revision).
“From Croatia to Cleveland to Columbus: On generational migration and identity in the Midwest, from Croatia to Columbus,” Belt Magazine, June 25, 2020. https://beltmag.com/croatia-cleveland-columbus-migration/
“Denison Greek life and its checkered history: A professor’s response,” The Denisonian, February 5, 2020. https://denisonian.com/2020/02/opinion/denison-greek-life-and-its-checkered-history-a-professors-response/
“‘Now I Can Bear My Ills Patiently’: The Expanding Realm of Wisconsin Households during the Civil War,” in LeeAnn Whites and Lisa Tendrich Frank, eds., From Home Front to Battlefield: The Civil War as a Household War (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2019), 102-117.
“Buckeyes In Belgium: The Story of Paul A. Smithhisler,” Pathways (Columbus: Ohio Humanities Council, March 2019).
“We Are Setting the Terms Now”: Loyalty Rhetoric in Courtship,” in Robert M. Sandow, ed., Contested Loyalty: Debates over Patriotism in the Civil War North (New York: Fordham University Press, 2018).
“Education Reform and the Failure to Fix Inequality in America,” The Atlantic, October 29, 2015. http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/10/education-solving-inequality/412729/
“Save a School to Save a Nation: Faculty Responses to the Civil War at Midwestern Universities,” in Lorien Foote and Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai, eds., “So Conceived and So Dedicated”: Intellectual Life in the Civil War Era North (New York: Fordham University Press, 2015).
“Put Your Feet On The Ground Of History,” Perspectives on History, American Historical Association (November 2014). https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/november-2014/put-your-feet-on-the-ground-of-history
“‘Ours is the harder lot’: Student Patriotism at the University of Michigan during the Civil War,” in Ginette Aley and Joseph Anderson, eds., Union Heartland: The Midwestern Home Front during the Civil War (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2013).
“The history of inequity in education,” with Amity Noltemeyer and Caven S. Mcloughlin, in A. Noltemeyer & C.S. Mcloughlin, eds., Disproportionality in Education and Special Education: A Guide to Creating More Equitable Learning Environments (Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas Publisher, Ltd., 2012).
“A Border Community’s Unfulfilled Appeals: The Rise and Fall of the 1840s Anti-Abolitionist Movement in Cincinnati,” Ohio Valley History, Vol. 7, No. 2, Summer 2007, 53-69.
Blog posts on Emerging Civil War website: www.emergingcivilwar.com
*April 20, 2018: ECW Weekender: Mary Todd Lincoln House
*March 31, 2018: Annie Brown: The Forgotten Conspirator
*September 15, 2017: “Harpers Ferry 3.0 – The Time I Took My Kids”
*August 19, 2017: “A Monumental Discussion: Julie Mujic”
*July 7, 2017: “The Book Index: Why It Matters (To Readers of Civil War Books)”
*June 29, 2017: “My Favorite Historical Person: William Seward”
*May 9, 2017: “When Faced With Death: University Student and Loss, 1861”
*March 2, 2017: “Modern Photography: Returning to Harpers Ferry”
*October 26, 2016: “Think Of The Children: An Archival Find”
*June 27, 2016: “The View from 32,000 Feet: The American Civil War in Today’s World”
*March 22, 2016: “Remembering the Flag Waving Over Fort Sumter”