Ph.D. Cornell University, Department of History, August 1992. (American History.)
M.A. Cornell University, Department of History, May 1985. (Fields: American History, Modern European .................. History, and Anthropology.)
B.A. University of Puget Sound, May 1982, magna cum laude, Phi Kappa Phi. (Major: History; Minor: Music.)
"'From These Honored Dead': Gettysburg in American Culture, 1863-1938." The Battle of Gettysburg was one of the most important military contests of the U.S. Civil War. During the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, it became historically and culturally significant for many Americans. This dissertation analyzes preservation of the battlefield at Gettysburg and memorialization of the battle, together with emerging historical, literary, and artistic interpretations of the contest, in order to understand how Americans have incorporated this event--and by extension the larger legacy of the Civil War--into their national memory.
Teaching and Lecturing Experience:
- History Instructor, 2004-Present, Shoreline Community College, Intra-American Studies and Social Sciences Division. Courses taught include both sections of the U.S. History Survey, Pacific Northwest History, and interdisciplinary studies.
- History Instructor, 2001-2004, North Seattle Community College, History Department, Math, Science, and Social Sciences Division. Courses taught include both sections of the U.S. History Survey.
- Piano teacher, 1999-2004. Private piano instruction for school age through adult students. Instruction provided includes piano performance, music history, music theory, sight-reading, and ear training.
Committees and Campus Activities:
- July 2009-Present, 1st Vice President of Shoreline Community College Federation of Teachers
- July 2007-June 2009, Chair Shoreline Community College Faculty Senate.
- July 2006-June 2007, Vice-Chair Shoreline Community College Faculty Senate.
- Fall 2005-Present, Member Campus Diversity Action Committee.
- Fall 2005-Spring 2006, Intra-American Studies and Social Sciences Division Representative Faculty Senate.
Academic Honors and Fellowships:
- Allan Nevins Prize for best-written 1992 doctoral dissertation in American History, awarded May 1993 by the Society of American Historians, for "'From These Honored Dead': Gettysburg in American Culture, 1863-1938."
- Gertrude A. Gilmore Graduate Fellowship, 1986-87, Cornell University Department of History.
- Graduate Tuition Fellowship, 1986-87, Cornell University Graduate School.
- Ronald F. Lee Research Fellowship, 1985-86, Eastern National Park & Monument Association, Philadelphia.
- Graduate Summer Fellowship, 1985, Cornell University Graduate School.
- Martin M. McVoy Trust Fellowship, 1984-85, Cornell University Graduate School
- .Newton C. Farr Graduate Fellowship, 1982-83, Cornell University Department of History.
- Gettysburg in American Culture, 1863-1938 (under contract to University of North Carolina Press).
- "American Identity, National Reconciliation, and the Memory of the Civil War," Proteus, A Journal of Ideas, vol.17, no. 2 (Fall 2000): 5-14.
- "From Turning Point to Peace Memorial: A Cultural Legacy," in Gabor S. Boritt, ed., The Gettysburg Nobody .......Knows (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997).
Papers and Presentations:
- "The Battlefield as Artifact: A 'New' Gettysburg for the Twenty-first Century?", comment presented January 9, 2005, at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington.
- "Lincoln and Lee and the Battle of Gettysburg," lecture presented February 13, 2003, to the Puget Sound Civil War Round Table, Seattle, Washington.
- "'A Monument to American Manhood': How the War Department Shaped the Gettysburg National Military Park," paper presented April 24, 1999, at the Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Toronto, Canada.
- "History Cast in Stone: Union Regimental Monuments at Gettysburg," paper presented January 11, 1998, at the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association in Seattle, Washington.
- "Gettysburg in American Memory," lecture presented February 13, 1997, to the Puget Sound Civil War Round Table, in Seattle, Washington.
- "Gettysburg's Battlefield and the Construction of Historical Memories," talk presented February 8, 1997, to the Sons of the American Revolution, Seattle Chapter, in Seattle, Washington.
- "American Identity, National Reconciliation, and the Memory of the Civil War," paper presented March 29, 1996, at the Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Chicago, Illinois.
- "From Turning Point to Peace Memorial: Gettysburg's Cultural Legacy," paper presented June 30, 1995, at the Civil War Institute of Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
- "The Battle for Historical Memory: Gettysburg and the Meaning of the Civil War," lecture presented October 27, 1992, for the History Forum, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington.
- "The Gettysburg National Military Park: Composing a Memory," paper presented March 25, 1988, at the Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Reno, Nevada.
Selected Book Reviews:
- H-CivWar review of Jim Weeks, Gettysburg: Memory, Market, and an American Shrine, H-CivWar, August 16, 2006.
- Review of David Blight, Race and Reunion, The Civil War in American Memory, Civil War Book Review, Summer 2001.
- H-South review of J. Michael Martinez, et al, Confederate Symbols in the Contemporary South, H-Net,.December 10, 2000.
- H-CivWar review of Carol Reardon, Pickett's Charge in History and Memory, H-Net, April 14, 1998.
- "Tecumseh's Biography Tells of Long Fight," review of John Sugden, Tecumseh: A Life, Seattle Times, July 12, 1998.
- "U.S. Relations with the World," review of Walter McDougall, Promised Land, Crusader State: The American Encounter with the World Since 1776, Seattle Times, August 24, 1997.
- "Debating the Declaration," reviews of Pauline Maier, American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence, and Charles L. Black, Jr., A New Birth of Freedom: Human Rights, Named & Unnamed, Seattle Times, June 29, 1997.
- "Books Delve into the Mind of Jefferson," reviews of Joseph J. Ellis, American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, and Annette Gordon-Reed, Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy, Seattle Times, April 6, 1997
- "Inventing Christmas," reviews of Stephen Nissenbaum, The Battle for Christmas, and Penne L. Restad, Christmas in America: A History, Seattle Times, December 22, 1996.
American Historical Association
Association of Washington Historians
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Organization of American Historians
Pacific Northwest Historians' Guild
Southern Historical Association
Washington State Historical Society
Western Association of Women Historians
- May 2007-May 2010, Member of OAH Nominating Board.
- January 2007-Present, Member of OAH Committee on Community Colleges
- January 2007-March 2009, Member of OAH Local Resources Committee for the 2009 Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting to be held in Seattle.
- November 2005-Present, Board of Directors, Association of Washington Historians
- Spring 2005-Present, Editor of H-Adjunct, H-Net (Humanities and Social Sciences Network) online discussion network.
- Fall 2004-Winter 2007, Chairwoman of AHA-OAH Joint Committee on Part-Time and Adjunct Employment; chaired committee meeting held at the AHA meeting in Seattle, January 8, 2005; chaired committee meeting held at the OAH meeting in San Jose, California, April 2, 2005.
- Fall 2003-Winter 2007, Member of AHA-OAH Joint Committee on Part-Time and Adjunct Employment; attended committee meeting held at the OAH meeting in Boston, March 27, 2004.
- Fall 2002-Fall 2004, Treasurer and member of Board of Directors, National Coalition of Independent Scholars, a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the work of independent scholars in all fields; attended board meeting in Vancouver, B.C., October 2002.
- Spring 2001, presented report on Library Access for Independent Historians, to the Organization of American Historians Committee on Research and Access to Historical Documentation, at their annual meeting in Los Angeles, April 27, 2001.
- Fall 2000, reviewed manuscript on the political history of Vice President William R. King (King County's original namesake), under consideration for possible publication in Pacific Northwest Quarterly, (editor John M. Findlay, Department of History, University of Washington).
- Spring 1998-Present, Book Reviewer for H-CivWar and H-South, discussion lists published by H-Net, Humanities and Social Sciences Online, an international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers dedicated to developing the enormous educational potential of the Internet and the World Wide Web.
- June 1997-January 1998, Local Arrangements Committee for the American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, January 8-11, 1998. Involved committee work with faculty from several universities and colleges preparatory to hosting the AHA Annual Meeting in Seattle.
- Spring 1997-Present, Member of the Advisory Council for the Lincoln Prize of the Lincoln and Soldiers Institute, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Involves suggesting worthy recipients for two annual $50,000 prizes, one awarded for the best book on the Civil War, and a second awarded for the finest scholarly work on the Civil War produced in digital format on the World Wide Web, on CD-ROM, or on DVD.
- Member and volunteer, Ballard High School Parent Student Teacher Association, 2006-Present.
- Member and volunteer, Whitman Middle School Parent Student Teacher Association, 2006-2009.
- Member and volunteer, Eckstein Middle School Parent Student Teacher Association, 2003-2005.
- Member and volunteer, Whittier Elementary Parent Teacher Association, 1998-2003, 2004-2005.
- Board of Directors, Greenwood Elementary Parent Teacher Association, Seattle, 2001-2004.
- Member Greenwood Elementary Design Review Committee, Seattle Public Schools Building for Excellence Program, 1999-2001.
- Member and volunteer, Greenwood Parent Teacher Association, Seattle, 1997-98, 2000-2004.
- Member and volunteer, Phinney Neighborhood Association, Seattle, 1990-Present.