It's been a long time since I've posted an update as I've been attempting, amid great groaning, to write my first dissertation chapter.  Amid my research this weekend, I came across a great section in Plutarch's Demosthenes about the difficulties of historical research. Enjoy! (or not, depending on where you fall in his criteria...) "However, when... Continue Reading →


Occupational Hazards of Being a Historian 5: Make the mistake of telling someone you are a graduate student at UVA specializing in 19th century U.S. history at a public event-spend the next half hour pinned in a corner being quizzed about graduate student politics, current events, Confederate monuments, and the controversies of the 19th century.... Continue Reading →

I'm happy to announce that a panel I coordinated has been accepted for the Southern Historical Association's conference in Birmingham, Alabama in November, 2018. Dr. Joseph Stoltz, Dr. Miles Smith, Dr. Daniel Feller, and Dr. Harry Watson will join me on a panel delving into the populist, classical, and religious memory of Andrew Jackson. We'll... Continue Reading →

Occupational Hazard of Being a Historian 3: Traveling home for the holidays can be difficult, especially if you are taking all your books with you on the plane. "Excuse me, sir - please watch your head while I put my carry-on in the overhead bin.... No, it's not too heavy. There's only about 20 books... Continue Reading →

Occupational Hazards of Being a Historian 2: The fear that the librarians will report you to the counselors for suicide watch because you keep checking out books about death - death in America, Roman death rites, Anglo death culture, death masks of the ancient world, eulogies and elegies in American rhetoric, etc. Yes, I do... Continue Reading →

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