About Me I grew up in Southern Oregon's Rogue Valley and spent much of my youth exploring the state's mountains and wilderness areas. I am a first-generation student that holds a BA from Southern Oregon University, an MA from Utah State University, and a PhD from Kansas State University.
My dissertation focused on the relationships between pesticides, aerial sprayers, agricultural scientists, and food production in the North American Grasslands. A central part of my graduate and early professional career as a public services archivist for the Morse Department of Special Collections included numerous public history activities such as oral histories, local historical society lectures, curatorial and editorial work, and directing a memoirs project for former university president Jon Wefald.
I am an associate professor of history at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. I specialize in environmental and agricultural history as well as the histories of science, medicine, and public health. I also study and teach on the rich history of Nebraska and the Great Plains region. Also, as a public historian, I welcome the opportunity to support the department’s public, digital, and community history efforts.