- 2000 Ph.D. (history), The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- 1994 M.A. (history), The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- 1992 B.S. (physics), magna cum laude with departmental honors, University of Delaware.
Research interests & expertise
- History of U.S. food and agriculture: cooking and agriculture as craft; intersections between agriculture and popular culture; sustainability;
“progress” as a construct and as it relates to the above.
- Public memory and tourism: especially the impact of popular culture on local culture and memory.
- Digital humanities and public history: in particular how the web facilitates more productive interaction between professional historians,
museums, educators, and the public.
- Visualization and visual literacy: teaching visual literacy; information visualization and design; photography and culture.
- Technical: instructional design, interface design, web application design, database design, metadata schemas, web standards, web usability, information visualization.
- Administrative: digital humanities administration, project management, collaborative digital editing & publishing.
- North Carolina: A Digital History (Editor). LEARN NC, 2008–2010. Online primary-source- and multimedia-driven textbook for grades 8–12 North Carolina history, in eleven parts. Available online.
Scholarly articles and chapters
- “The LEARN NC Model: Overcoming Obstacles to Technology Integration.” TechTrends 44:2 (March 2000), 15–19.
- “LEARN NC: A Teacher-Directed Model of Technology Integration.” Chapter in Professional Development Leadership and the Diverse Learner (National Science Education Leadership Association/National Science Teachers Association, 2000), 77–86.
- “LEARN NC: Using the Internet to Promote Collegiality and Teacher Retention.” In Challenge of the Future: Teacher Preparation and Retention (North Carolina Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, Spring 1999), 77–83.
- “Objects Out of Time: A Country Auction Thirty Years Later.” Review of Robert Stevel Aibel et al, A Country Auction (DVD).
H-Pennsylvania, H-Net Reviews, September, 2014. Available online.
Essays (General Audience)
- Occasional contributor to Front Porch Republic, 2012–14.
- Contributor to The Northern Agrarian, 2008.
- “Life, Death, and Soup.” New American Homesteader, Spring 2015.
- “New Year’s Meal.” Our State, January 2013.
- “The Duckling Diaries” (series). Poultry Enthusiast, March/April 2006, May/June 2006, and July/August 2006.
For K–12 teachers (selected)
- “Map Skills and Higher Order Thinking.” LEARN NC, 2010. Available online.
- “Higher Order Thinking with Venn Diagrams.” LEARN NC, 2008. Available online.
- “Best Practices in School Library Website Design.” LEARN NC, 2006. Available online.
- “Evaluating Multimedia Presentations.” LEARN NC, 2005. Available online.
- “Does My Vote Count? Teaching the Electoral College.” LEARN NC, 2004 (revised 2008). Available online.
- “Reading Photographs.” With Melissa Thibault. LEARN NC, 2003. Available online.
- “Rethinking Reports: Breathing New Life into Tired Assignments.” Series of articles with Melissa Thibault. LEARN NC, 2001–2003. Available online.
- “Writing for the Web.” LEARN NC, 2002. Series of six articles. Available online.
- “Kinetic Connections: Bloom‘s Taxonomy in Action.” LEARN NC, 2001. Available online.
For K–12 students (selected)
- “A Snapshot in Time: How to Study a Photo.” Tar Heel Junior Historian 48:2 (Spring 2009), 20–21.
- “Advertising New Products.” LEARN NC, 2009. Available online.
- “Workers' Pay and the Cost of Living” (activity) LEARN NC, 2009. Available online.
- “Industrialization in North Carolina.” LEARN NC, 2009. Available online.
- “The Third North Carolina Regiment.” LEARN NC, 2009. Available online.
- “A Railroad Timetable” (activity). LEARN NC, 2009. Available online.
- “Distribution of Land and Slaves” (activity). LEARN NC, 2009. Available online.
- “Whigs and Democrats.” LEARN NC, 2009. Available online.
- “Spain and America: From Reconquest to Conquest.” LEARN NC, 2008. Available online.
- “Where Am I? Mapping a New World.” LEARN NC, 2008. Available online.
- “The Value of Money in Colonial America.” LEARN NC, 2008. Available online.
- “Naval Stores and the Longleaf Pine.” LEARN NC, 2008. Available online.
- “Who Owns the Land?” LEARN NC, 2008. Available online.
- “Land and Work in [Colonial] Carolina.” LEARN NC, 2008. Available online.
- “Wills and Inventories: A Process Guide.” LEARN NC, 2007. Available online.
- “Herbs for Meate and Medicine in North Carolina.” Duke Homestead State Historic Site, June 2012.
- “From Goober Peas to Liberty Meat: Peanuts in American Culture and Cuisine.” Duke Homestead State Historic Site, March 2012, and Durham Public Library, July 2012.
- “Adventures in Mapping.” North Carolina Technology in Education Society, March 2010.
- “Using ‘Digital History’ to Promote Inquiry and Higher-Order Thinking.” North Carolina Association for the Gifted & Talented, March 2009.
- “Seeing the World in a New Way.” North Carolina Middle School Association, March 2009.
- “Best Practices in School Library Website Design.” North Carolina School Library Media Association, October 2006.
- “Beyond the Double Bubble Chart: Venn Diagrams as a Thinking Tool.” North Carolina Association for Educational Communications and Technology, March 2006, and North Carolina Middle School Association, March 2006.
- “Visual Literacy: Reading Charts and Graphs.” North Carolina School Library Media Association, October 2004, and North Carolina Association for Educational Communications and Technology, March 2005.
- “Visual Literacy: Reading Photographs.” North Carolina School Library Media Association, October 2003, and North Carolina Association for Educational Communications and Technology, March 2004.
- “Rethinking Reports: Breathing New Life into Tired Assignments.” North Carolina School Library Media Association, September 2002.
- “Documents to Digitization: Finding and Using Primary Sources in the Secondary Classroom.” North Carolina School Library Media Association, September 2001.
- “The Craze for Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking.” Lancaster County Historical Association colloquium, March 2000.
- “Family Style: Pennsylvania Dutch Food and Domestic Idealism, 1945–1970.” Pennsylvania History Association, October 1998.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.