Ph.D., M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
I specialize in the study of the Native South; American Indian women, gender, and sexualities; federal Indian policy; and sexual violence. I am engaged in the digital humanities and see this as a particularly wonderful way to collaborate with student scholars. For example, I contributed to Women and Modern Social Empires, which is a database of primary sources and introductory essays that is a project of the Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender at SUNY-Binghamton. A colleague and I worked with history majors to create photo essays exploring Lumbee women's experiences in the mid-20th century.
I connect students to opportunities like this in order to apply course material beyond the classroom, develop their professional competency, and build their resumes. I also enjoy mentoring student-driven projects on the histories of women, gender and sexualities, and Indigenous peoples, particularly when research has an applied outcome serving the needs of our community.
Here at Davidson, I teach courses about American women's history, the history of sexualities in the United States, and Native American history.
My book, Sustaining the Cherokee Family: Kinship and the Allotment of an Indigenous Nation, was published by the University of North Carolina Press and won the 2012 Willie Lee Rose Prize from the Southern Association for Women's Historians.
In my current project, I continue to examine gender in the Native South. The narrative heart of this story is Barbara Hildebrand Longknife, a survivor of Removal, participant in the California gold rush, and migrant to Hawaii—all the while leaving a rich documentary trail that I am following from the Atlantic World, through the West, and into the Pacific.