Raised in a former mining town along the headwaters of the Schuylkill north of Philadelphia, I have often questioned the relationship between industrial capital and the built-environment: how, with the power to move mountains, can entire economies collapse, seemingly to leave behind the people who traveled thousands of miles to establish homes in a hostile landscape?
I am now a third-year doctoral student at Temple University. Under the supervision of Prof. Bryant Simon, my research chronicles the political backlash to interstate highway construction through the rural Sun Belt. I currently work as a doctoral extern for the Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio at Charles Library, mapping the experiences of the working-class who navigated a shrinking service sector and 1970s oil crisis within Route 66 communities.
My professional experience spans from regional transit planning to historic preservation and political advocacy. Prior to joining the History Department at Temple University, I helped develop accessibility protocols for serving municipal and Tribal governments within New Mexico's Central Rio Grande Valley and drafted Albuquerque's plan for micromobility, the shared bikes and scooters now readily available in most city centers. I had also managed projects for a union contractor specializing in historic masonry throughout eastern Pennsylvania. Shortly after completing my master's thesis in 2017 with distinction at the University of New Mexico, I volunteered in Pittsburgh on an immigrant rights campaign.
During my master's training with Prof. Maria Lane and Prof. John Carr in the Geography Department at the University of New Mexico, I studied how neighborhood activists negotiated with university administrators in West Harlem, North Philadelphia, and Albuquerque to ensure their communities would share in the potential benefits of an expanded knowledge economy. While an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh in Johnstown I organized brownfield clean-up projects. Upon graduation in 2014 the faculty awarded me the Dr. Robert J. Hunter Scholarship for Social Science and Public Service.
I currently serve as web & social media editor on the Pennsylvania Historical Association’s executive committee. I also serve as a network editor for H-Pennsylvania and president of the James A. Barnes Club at Temple University.