I received my master's degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1998, and in 2001 I moved east to continue my graduate work at Binghamton University. Beginning in the summer of 2003, I have enjoyed teaching U.S. survey and New York State history courses at SUNY Potsdam.
My main area of interest is U.S. women's history. While working on my master's degree, I discovered that Nebraska had an interesting and active suffrage movement, and devoted my thesis to the topic. As my dissertation title "The Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States: National and Local Perspectives, 1870-1890" suggests, the scope of my current project is much broader. I use local and state suffrage movements, including the Nebraska campaign of 1882, to compare two rival "national" organizations: the American Woman Suffrage Association and the National Woman Suffrage Association. When I am not teaching or writing, I enjoy spending time with friends.