About me

I am a Civil War historian, a Ph.D. candidate, and sometimes instructor of history and writing at Boston University. My dissertation focuses on the efforts of humanitarian relief organizations to provide aid to Civil War veterans and their families during and in the immediate aftermath of the war. I am studying under the advisement of Dr. Nina Silber.

Before entering Boston University’s Ph.D. program, I worked in public history for nearly 20 years, primarily as Executive Director of the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society and, later, as Executive Director of the nationally accredited Pilgrim Hall Museum. I hold an M.A. in history and a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

I am the author of two books on local history and have published papers the New England Quarterly and the Historical Journal of Massachusetts. I was the recipient of the BU History Department’s Distinguished Teaching Award (an honor which meant a great deal to me) and an Andrew Mellon Research Fellowship from the Massachusetts Historical Society, among other awards. I continue to be involved as a volunteer and advisor for historical organizations on the South Shore of Massachusetts.