University of Rochester, Rochester, NY (2014 – Present)

Ph.D., History (Expected May 2020); M.A., History (2015)

Advisor: Thomas Slaughter

Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI (2012 – 2014)

M.A., History

Advisor: Jay Martin

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (2007 – 2011)

B.A., History




Peer-reviewed articles

“Imagining a Pure Michigan Landscape: Advertisers, Tourists, and the Making of Michigan’s Northern Vacationlands,” The Michigan Historical Review 42.2 (Fall 2016): 31-51.


Book chapters

“In the Land of Hiawatha: Conservation and Literary Sociability in Michigan,” in Pieces of the Heartland: Representing Early Twentieth-Century Midwestern Places, edited by Andy Oler (Hastings, Nebraska: Hastings College Press) (Forthcoming)


Book and digital project reviews

Otis L. Graham, Jr., Presidents and the American Environment (Lawrence, Kansas: University of Kansas Press, 2015) Environment and Society 9 (2017): 207-209.


Joseph E. Taylor, III, Krista Fryauff, Erik Steiner, Celena Allen, Alex Sherman, and Zephyr Frank. Follow the Money: A Spatial History of In-Lieu Programs for Western Federal Lands (Spatial History Project, CESTA, Stanford University, 1 June 2016) Pacific Northwest Quarterly (Fall 2016): 198.


David Spanagel, DeWitt Clinton and Amos Eaton: Geology and Power in Early New York (John Hopkins University Press, 2014) New York History 97.2 (Spring 2016): 229-231.


Robert D. Lifset, Power on the Hudson: Storm King Mountain and the Emergence of Modern American Environmentalism (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014) Hudson River Valley Review 33 (Fall 2016): 86-89.


Andrew Menard, Sight Unseen: How Fremont’s First Expedition Changed the American Landscape (University of Nebraska Press, 2012) Historical Geography 41 (2013): 250-251.


David M. Emmons, Beyond the American Pale: The Irish in the West, 1845-1910 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2010) Utah Historical Quarterly 79 (Spring 2011): 195-196.


Public history

Contributor to A Unique and Significant Heritage: A Phase 1 Cultural Resources Historical Survey of Wawatam Township, Emmet County, Michigan. (Mt. Pleasant: School of Public Service and Global Citizenship and the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences at Central Michigan University, 2013).

Digital Portfolio

Text Encoding Initiative and Technologies Manager (2015 – Present)

University of Rochester, Seward Family Digital Archive


Research Assistant (2017- Present)

            University of Rochester, Virtual St. George’s

Fellowship and Grants

Dexter Perkins Prize (2017)

University of Rochester, Department of History


CHAViC Summer Seminar Financial Award (2016)

American Antiquarian Society


Andrew W. Mellon Digital Humanities Fellowship (2016 – 2018)

University of Rochester, School of Arts and Sciences


Digital Humanities Summer Institute Scholarship (2015)

Digital Humanities Summer Institute, Victoria, British Columbia


Michigan Technological University Archives Travel Grant (2014)

Michigan Technological University


Travel Grant (2015, 2016)

University of Rochester, University Dean of Graduate Studies


University Fellowship (2014 – 2019)

University of Rochester, History Department


Grace H. Magnaghi Visiting Research Grant (2013)

Northern Michigan University


University Fellowship (2013 – 2014)

Central Michigan University, History Department

Presentations and Invited Talks

“Digital Annotations and the Reclusive Wife,” presented at Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 21, 2017.


“Growing ‘Flower City’: Nurserymen and Horticulture in Nineteenth-Century Rochester, New York,” presented at the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Conference, Detroit, Michigan, June 24, 2017.


“Reforming Flour City: The Nurserymen of Rochester, New York, 1840-1860,” presented at the Agricultural History Society Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 10, 2017.


“What is Digital History?” invited talk at Central Michigan University, Museum Studies Program, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, October 24, 2016.


Lecture for Introduction to Digital Media Studies, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, “Counting and Connecting Relationships in Historical Manuscripts,” October 11, 2016.


“The Changing Natures of Flower City: Nurserymen, Suburbs, and the Changing Landscapes of Rochester, New York,” presented at the American Society for Environmental History Conference, Seattle, Washington, March 31, 2016.


“In the Name of Hiawatha: Landscapes, Literature, and Environmentalism on the Shores of Lake Superior, 1968-1980,” presented at Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Conference, Moscow, Idaho, June 26, 2015.


“Environmentalism at the Point of Extraction: Viewpoints, Politics, and Memory in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula during the Environmental Movement,” presented at Michigan Technological University with support from Friends of the Van Pelt Library in Houghton, Michigan, October 14, 2014.


Lecture for American Environmental History, Finlandia University, Hancock, Michigan, “American Expansion and Environments of Conquest,” February 6, 2014.


“Schoolcraft and the Upper Peninsula,” presented at Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan as the Grace H. Magnaghi Research Fellow, October 17, 2013.


“Northern Michigan in the Gilded Age: Environmental Perceptions and the Rise of a Northern Michigan Vacationland,” presented at Great Lakes History Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 11, 2013.


“Southern Wilderness: Northern Pioneers Within the Confederate South,” presented at American Society for Environmental History Graduate Workshop, Toronto, Ontario, April 6, 2013.

Teaching Experience

University of Rochester

HST 194 – History of the American Landscape: At the Crossroads of Ecology and Culture (Instructor)

HST 235 – Earth, Wind, Water, Fire: An Environmental History of Everywhere (TA)

HST/WST 258 – Women’s Lives in Letters, 1830-1880 (TA)


Central Michigan University

MST 310 – Introductions to Museums (TA)

Workshops and Seminars

DH@Guelph (May 2017)

University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario

Web scraping, database management, data visualization


CHAViC Summer Seminar (July 2016)

American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts

“Seeing Nature: The Environment in American Visual Culture to 1900”


Digital Humanities Summer Institute (June 2015)

University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia

Historic 3D modeling

In the Media

Eric Freedman, “Behind that romantic stand of pines, a history of abuse,” appeared in Capital News Service (Lansing, Michigan), March 17, 2017; appeared as “Pure Michigan: A two-centuries old marketing tool,” Great Lakes Echo, March 27, 2017; Harbor Light (Harbor Springs, Michigan), March 29, 2017.


“Digitally Mapping Social Networks of Historical Figures,” interview by Evan Dawson, Connections, WXXI AM, November 3, 2015.

Service and Professional Experience

American Society for Environmental History- Presidential Appointee, 2017

American Society for Environmental History- Graduate Student Caucus

American Society for Environmental History Toronto Conference Volunteer, Spring 2013

Editorial Intern for Utah Historical Review, Fall 2010

Academic Affiliations

American Historical Association

American Society for Environmental History