1. 2000 Ph.D. (history), The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  2. 1994 M.A. (history), The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  3. 1992 B.S. (physics), magna cum laude with departmental honors, University of Delaware.

Research interests & expertise

Research interests

Other expertise



Digital projects

Scholarly articles and chapters


Essays (General Audience)

Magazine articles

For K–12 teachers (selected)

For K–12 students (selected)

Presentations (selected)

Work experience

2011–2017 Consultant, Online Module & Technical Development, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
  • Worked with teams of educators, editors, and web/media developers to develop and publish online professional development for K–12 teachers.
  • Designed and improved instructional methods for self-paced and instructor-led courses.
  • Designed and built interactive web-based learning activities in accordance with current web standards.
2000–2011 Editorial & Web Director, LEARN NC, School of Education, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Responsible for content development and management as well as architecture, design, and technical development of website reaching 30,000 K–12 teachers and students daily.
  • Managed team of 3 to 4 full-time staff plus 10 to 15 students and contractors. Collaborated with and oversaw work of editors, librarians, programmers, teachers, university faculty, and content developers.
  • Designed and built LearnPress, a custom open-source content management system to integrate web publication of text, images, audio, and video in an online library and in longer formats including e-books and e-textbooks.
  • Served as Editor and Lead Historian on North Carolina History Digital Textbook Project (2007–2010).
  • Oversaw development of metadata schemas for online cataloguing of education resources.
  • Designed interactive tools for online exploration of historical primary sources.
  • Wrote articles, delivered presentations, and designed workshops for teacher professional development.


  • Designed and led 30+ workshops for K–12 teachers on technology integration and related topics, 1998–2010.
  • Teaching Assistant in United States History, North Carolina History, and Western Civilization, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1993–1997.
  • See also publications for K–12 teachers, above.

Professional service

  • LEARN NC Liaison to Board of Directors of the North Carolina School Library Media Association, 2010–2011.
  • Served on Ackland Art Museum K12 Education Advisory Committee, 2008–2011.
  • Participated in North Carolina Museum Educators Roundtable, 2008–2011.
  • Participated in Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group, 2006–2008.
  • Served as judge for North Carolina History Day, 2001–2002.

Community service

  • Duke Homestead State Historic Site
    • Member, Duke Homestead Education and History Corporation, 2014–present.
    • Volunteer Interpreter, 2011–present.
  • Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
    • Board of Directors, 2004–2005.
    • Chapter President, 2002–2004.