Historians share information in a variety of ways beyond publication. We gather at professional conferences to present our current research with other historians, receive feedback, and collaborate on new projects. We also strive to share our research with the general public through formal and informal presentations.

Whether speaking in front of a Civil War Roundtable, a school classroom, or at a lecture series as part of a commemorative event, public speaking can take on a variety of forms and functions. As a historian, this is where I discover the themes and topics that most drive the interest of the public. I am available to speak on a number of historical topics. Please feel free to contact me to discuss your particular interest by clicking here. A sample of both professional and public presentations that I have given in my career include:


Ohio Academy of History (Columbus, OH, March 2021). “The Jeffrey Company’s Gift to Columbus: Coal and Corporate Giving in a Pre-Environmental Context”


Lifelong Learning Institute (Pataskala, OH, November 2019). “World War I Memory in Columbus, Ohio”

California University of Pennsylvania Civil War Roundtable (California, PA, October 2019). “When A Copperhead Loves an Abolitionist”

Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman Memorial Civil War Roundtable (Lancaster, OH, September 2019). “Construction of Sherman’s Public Civil War Memory”

Peninsula Civil War Lecture Series (Peninsula, OH, August 2019). “Desertion and Abandonment in the American Civil War”

Northeast Indiana Civil War Round Table (Fort Wayne, IN, August 2019). “Contested Loyalty in the Civil War North”

Agricultural History Society (Washington, D.C., June 2019). “Global Sales, Local Rewards: The Midwestern Economic Boom during the American Civil War”

The Joseph and Edith Vogel Lecture (Ohio Wesleyan University, April 2019). “‘A Vast Change Had Come Over The Streets’: The Postwar Lives of World War I Veterans in Columbus, Ohio”

Columbus Historical Society, Closing Address (Columbus, OH, November 11, 2018). “Hidden Monuments: War Memorialization and the Search for WWI in Columbus, Ohio”

Peninsula Foundation Civil War Lecture Series (Peninsula, OH, April 2018). “Why They Stayed: The Mind of Northern Men in the Civil War Midwest”

Mahoning Valley Civil War Round Table (Canfield, OH, September 2017). “Loyalty on the Northern Home Front during the Civil War”

Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall Civil War Symposium (Carnegie, PA, March 2017). “The Household War”

Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting (St. Pete Beach, FL, November 2016). “Would Cotton or Corn Rule?: Southern Perspectives on Their Importance to the Midwestern Economy”

Society of Civil War Historians Biennial Conference (Chattanooga, TN, June 2016). “Finding Leander Davis: Desertion and Abandonment during the American Civil War”

American Historical Association 2015 Annual Meeting (New York City, January 2015). “‘I felt a little rebellious’: Copperhead politics through the eyes of a University of Michigan law student”

New England Historical Association Annual Fall Meeting (Albertus Magnus College, Oct. 2013). “A Daughter, a Sister, and a Fiancée, but Patriots too: Women of Madison, Wisconsin, during the American Civil War”

Third Biennial Interdisciplinary Race Conference, “Access and Privilege in Higher Education” (Monmouth University, April 2013). “Race over Union: A University of Michigan Student’s View of the American Civil War”

Annual Conference on the Civil War, “The War at Home: Civilian Life During the American Civil War.” (The Center for Civil War Research, University of Mississippi, October 2012). “When a Copperhead loves an Abolitionist: Politics, Race, and Youth on the Midwestern Home Front”

History of Education Society Annual Meeting (Chicago, November 2011). “Patriots on Campus: Constructions of Loyalty at Midwestern Universities during the American Civil War”

Great Lakes History Conference (Grand Valley State University, October 2011). “To Restrain the Students: Faculty Responses to the American Civil War at Midwestern State Universities”

Great Lakes History Conference (Grand Valley State University, October 2010). “Education as Patriotism: How Midwestern University Students Justified Staying in School during the Civil War”

Society of Civil War Historians Inaugural Meeting (Philadelphia, June 2008). “The View from Campus: University of Michigan and Ann Arbor Respond to the Civil War”

Borderlands IV: Underground Railroad Conference (University of Northern Kentucky and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, June 2006). “‘Cincinnati as the Grand Rendezvous of Negro Stealers’: Anti-Abolitionism and the Underground Railroad”

Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression (The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, November 2005). “Racial Hostility in Print: The Rise and Fall of Cincinnati’s 1840s Anti-Abolitionist Movement”