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I’m married with three kids, a dog, and two cats and we live among a tribe of beautiful people in the Lansing / East Lansing Michigan area. I spent the 90s trying to be a rock star and the aughts getting an M.A. in American Studies and a PhD in 20th Century Urban American History.

I am the Executive Director for H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online, an independent, non-profit scholarly association that offers an open academic space for scholars, teachers, advanced students and related professionals. I began working with H-Net in 2013 as a Content Developer while finishing his PhD in U.S. History. I joined the organization as the Associate Director of Networks in October 2014 and became Interim Executive Director in January 2020. H-Net’s Executive Council named me the organization’s Executive Director in November 2022.



Ph.D. – U.S. History
Michigan State University

M.A. – American Studies
Michigan State University

B.A. – English Literature
Michigan State University


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    H-Net Commons 3.0 (launched July 5, 2023)


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    Organization of American Historians

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