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George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

Pursuing a PhD in Cultural Studies

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2008 Master of Library Science

     Thesis: “Improving Recovery for Libraries that Have Been Hit by Disaster.”

University of Wisconsin-Madison

2000 PhD in History

     Thesis: “Innovation, Investment, and the Development of Commercial Beer Brewing within the Wendish Towns of Late Medieval Germany.”

Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon

1992 BA in History


“Reading as Spiritual Journey: St. Bridget of Sweden.” Soul Travel: Spiritual Journeys in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Ed. Jennifer Hillman & Elizabeth Tingle. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2019. Chap. 1.

“Footnotes and Dictators.” Lincoln Humanities Journal 5 (2017).

“Two Brass Mites of the Widow: Saint Bridget of Sweden and the Terrors of Hell.” The Hermeneutics of Hell: Visions and Representations of the Devil in World Literature. Ed. Gregor Thuswaldner & Daniel Russ. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2017. Chap. 2.

“German Readers and the Formation of the Henkel Press in Virginia.” Yearbook of German- American Studies 51 (2016): 135-146. Winner of the Commendation Award from the Concordia Historical Institute.

“Pulp in the Ivory Tower: One University Library’s Development of a Pulp Magazine Collection from Scratch.” With Brian Flota and Julia Merkel. College & Research Libraries News 77, no. 8 (2016): 374-77.

“Drinking in the Streets: The Street as a Public Space for the Sale and Consumption of Alcohol.” Die Strasse: zur Funktion und Perzeption öffentlichen Raums im späten Mittelalter. Ed. Gerhard Jaritz. Vienna. Austrian Academy of Science, 2001. 197-204.

“Hanseatic League.” ORB: Online Encyclopedia. 1998.

Library Experience:

2017 to present     Librarian - Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum

                                Answer reference questions and manage acquisitions while also working on archival digitization at

2012-2015             Rare Books & Research Services Librarian - James Madison University

                                Directed cataloging, acquisition, and exhibition for the rare books and serials in Special Collections at a large state university.

2009-2011             Rare Books Librarian - Medical School at Washington University in St. Louis

                                Curated 22,000 books and journals comprising one of the largest historical medical collections in the country.

July 2008              Professional Field Experience - Monticello, Charlottesville, VA

                               Edited eighteenth-century manuscript information for web delivery of the Jefferson Book Project using XML.

2008                      Professional Field Experience - Wilson Presidential Library, Staunton, VA

                               Catalogued the rare book collection of 2000 volumes.

Fall 2007              Research Assistant - GrantSource Library, UNC-Chapel Hill

Spring 1998         Law Library Assistant - Boardman, Suhr, Curry & Field, Madison, WI

1993-1994           Archival Processing Assistant - Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, WI

1994-1995           Artifact Cataloger - Museum Archaeological Project, Madison, WI

History Blogs:

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum.

       Previous WWPL blog.

James Madison University Libraries Special Collections.

Media Appearances:

“Pandemic 1918.” America’s Hidden Stories. Lone Wolf Media for Smithsonian Networks, 2019.

“History and Romance: Love Stories of Five Virginia Presidents.” The Free Lance-Star (February 8, 2017).

“Every Breeze Issue Digitized in Scholarly Commons Archive.” The Breeze (September 18, 2014).

“De Humani Corporis Fabrica: On the Fabric of the Human Body.” Outlook: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (April 2011).

Committee Experience:

2018 to present       Advisory Board, Staunton Public Library

2017 to present      SAA: International Archival Affairs Section's (IAAS) Steering Committee

2017 to present      University of Virginia Digital Publishing Cooperative

2014-2016              RBMS Budget & Development Committee

2014-2015              JMUse Café Planning Committee

2013-2015              JMU Arts & Humanities Collections Cluster

2010-2011              Becker Library Serials Weeding Planning Group

Additional Coursework:

“Databases for Humanists.” 2019. Digital Humanities Summer Institute, Victoria, BC.

“XML-TEI Document Encoding, Structuring, Rendering and Transformation.” 2018. European Summer University in Digital Humanities, Leipzig, Germany.

“Ethical Collaboration in the Digital Humanities.” 2017. Digital Humanities Summer Institute, Victoria, BC.

Nine credits of graduate coursework with the English Department of JMU. 2014-2015.

“Archives: Principles & Practices.” 2014. Society for American Archivists Conference.

“Teaching the History of the Book.” 2012. Rare Book School, Charlottesville, VA.

“Rare Book Cataloging.” 2010. Rare Book School, Charlottesville, VA.


Fluent in German. Experienced with reading Norwegian and Medieval Latin.

Academic Associations:

American Library Association: ACRL; American Historical Association; Hansischer Geschichtsverein; Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publication; Society for American Archivists; International Committee of the Blue Shield; Sixteenth Century Society

Selected Adjunct History Professor Experience:

Spring 2009          Piedmont Virginia Community College

Fall 2006              Semester at Sea

Spring 2006         University of Portland

2005-2007           Concordia University-Portland

2002-2005           University of Oregon

2000-2001           University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

1999-2000           Central European University

Community Teaching

2020                      "Woodrow Wilson's Childhood in Reconstruction." James Madison University Lifelong Learning Institute.


“Scattered Leaves: Comparing the Availability and Searchability of the Wilson and Roosevelt Papers.” December 2019. Digital Archives in the Commonwealth Summit. Richmond.

“Four Presidents: Libraries & Power.” September 2020. Association of Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference. Knoxville.

"Archival Fantasies." February 2019. Southwest Popular/American Culture Annual Conference. Albuquerque.

“Understanding the US Presidential Archives Online.” October 2018. Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference. James Madison University.

“Reading as Spiritual Journey - St. Bridget of Sweden.” September 2017. Soul Travel: Spiritual Journeys and Sacred Voyages in Early Modern Europe. De Montfort University, Leicester, England.

“Brewers’ Beast: Traditional Symbols for Marketing US Beer.” April 2017. PCA/ACA Annual Pop Culture Conference. San Diego.

“Experience the World Without Buying the World: Teaching the History of Island Exploration Literature on a Budget.” April 2017. Islands: College English Association 48th Annual Conference. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

“The Lutheran Press of the Shenandoah Valley.” January 2017. Shenandoah Valley Regional Seminar. James Madison University.

“Selling Visions: The Revelationes of St. Bridget of Sweden, 1303-1373.” April 2016. On Nearness, Order & Things: Collecting and Material Cultures from 1400 to Today. Northrup Frye Centre. Toronto.

“Reading Old Books: The 17th Century Life of St. Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373).” March 2016. New College Biennial Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies. Sarasota, Florida.

“Post-Racial Paratext in the Works of Junot Diaz and Salvador Plascencia.” July 2015. Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association International Conference. Reykjavik, Iceland.

“Germans in the Shenandoah Valley and the Henkel Press of Virginia.” March 2015. Fraktur and the Everyday Lives of Germans in the Atlantic World, 1683-1850. Philadelphia.

"Reading Bridget's Visions in the Vernacular during the Sixteenth Century.” February 2015. Renaissance Print Culture: An Aldine Quincentennial Symposium at the Newberry Library. Chicago.

“Turning Visions into Revelationes: The Book of St. Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373).” April 2014. Medieval & Renaissance Forum at UNH-Plymouth.

“Pulp in the Ivory Tower. One University Library’s Development of a Pulp Magazine Collection.” April 2014. PCA/ACA Pop Culture Conference. Chicago. With Brian Flota.

“Deadly Storytime: A History of Violence in Children’s Literature, 1830-1950.” April 2014. Violence: Empowerment or Self-Destruction Conference. James Madison University.

“Recording the Visions of St. Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373).” February 2014. Mid-Atlantic Renaissance and Reformation Seminar. Christopher Newport University.

“The Bible for Hamburgers: Urban Book Production in Northern Germany, 1255-1523.” September 2011. Medieval-Renaissance Conference. University of Virginia-Wise.

“Teaching the History of Medicine at Washington University in the Early 20th Century.” March 2010, Southern Association of the History of Medicine and Science Annual Meeting. Louisville, Kentucky.

“After the Deluge: Long-Term Responses to Library Disasters with Some Lessons for the Future.” June 2008. American Library Association Annual Conference. Anaheim, California.

“The Earliest Beers.” March 2003. Medieval Association of the Pacific Annual Meeting. Portland, Oregon.

“Drinking in the Streets: The Street as Public Space for the Sale and Consumption of Alcohol.” October 2000. The Street. On the Function and Perception of Public Space in the Late Middle Ages. Krems, Austria.

“Beer Brewers and Beer Drinkers in Northern Europe during the Late Middle Ages.” March 2000. Borderlines IV: Visions of the Medieval World. Dublin, Ireland.