I am a public-facing scholar who works with diverse communities, organizations, and sources, identifying and listening to voices from the past that can help us better understand the present.
As Director of UD’s Museum Studies Program, I develop curriculum, projects, and internship opportunities that provide cutting-edge practical training in public engagement. My own public-facing work and scholarship ranges widely, from books and articles about research methods and the intersection of popular and political culture to collections catalogs, museum exhibitions, and public programs about oystering, the ivory trade, and the legacies of the Mayflower landing. Current projects include articles on museum objects made by prison labor and the history of entertainment memorabilia collecting, the catalog for a major Smithsonian exhibit on the history of commercial entertainment in the U.S., and a book exploring the evolution of Halls of Fame from institutions enshrining politicians, inventors, and soldiers to institutions that primarily enshrine entertainers.
Please contact me if you have any questions about my work or the Museum Studies Program!