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Curriculum Vitae

Work Experience

Around Kansas, AG AM Television- Topeka, Kansas (Present)

I am the co-host and a content creator for Around Kansas, a weekly television show that airs across Kansas on local stations. I research and create television segments that cover a vast array of historical topics related to Kansas history and culture. 

Founder, Discovering History LLC- Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico (2005-2015)

In 2005 I founded Discovering History LLC to expand my work as a public historian, a living history interpreter, public speaker, freelance writer, contract researcher, and consultant to the museum, national park, historic site, television, and film sectors. Work that I have consulted and been a part of has aired nationally on History Channel, PBS, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and Investigation Discovery.


Adjunct Instructor (2019)

Mesa Community College, Department of Social Sciences- Mesa, 


Graduate Assistant (2015-2018)

Department of History, University of New Mexico- Albuquerque, NM

Instructional Support & Center for the Southwest Administration 


Director/Historian (2009-2015)

Little House on the Prairie Museum, Inc. – Independence, KS


Adjunct Faculty (2009-2015)

Department of History, Rogers State University- Claremore/Bartlesville, OK

Instructor of History (2000-2006)

Fort Scott Community College- Fort Scott, KS


Program Coordinator for Greek and Student Life (1997-2000)

Pittsburg State University- Pittsburg, KS


University of New Mexico- Albuquerque, NM

Doctor of Philosophy (History, with a Graduate Minor in Museum Studies) 2015-2022

Dissertation: Gathering Around a New Fire: The Bemo Family, Interracial Marriage, Race, and Power in the Mvskoke Nation, 1870-1897 (Defended with Distinction March 21, 2022)


Western Michigan University- Kalamazoo, MI

Master of Arts (History)- 1996 (with honors)

MA Thesis: Women in the Fuero Real of Alfonso X el Sabio: Thirteenth Century Law and Society


Western Michigan University- Kalamazoo, MI

Bachelor of Arts (History)- 1994 (cum laude)

Teaching Areas

American History Survey

History of American Women

American Indigenous History Survey

History of the American West

Kansas History

Careers in History

Bleeding Kansas and the Civil War

Introduction to Public History

Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi West

Indian Territory and Oklahoma History

Museum Studies, Archival Methods, & Living History Interpretive Methods

Race and Ethnicity in American History

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