Education

B.A., University of Florida, 2008;
M.A., North Carolina State University, 2010;
Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2015.

Teaching Interests

American Civil War and Reconstruction

Antebellum Slavery

Guerrilla Warfare

The West and the Frontier

Social Memory

Film History

Books

A Never-Ending Civil War: The Life and Literature of Major John Newman Edwards (under advance contract with Bison Books).

Martial Culture, Silver Screen: War Movies and the Construction of American Identity, co-edited with Matthew E. Stanley (volume under contract with LSU Press).

Writing History with Lightning: Cinematic Representations of Nineteenth-Century America, co-edited with John Inscoe (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, February 2019).

The Ghosts of Guerrilla Memory: How Civil War Bushwhackers Became Gunslingers in the American West (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2016).

The Civil War Guerrilla: Unfolding the Black Flag in History, Memory, and Myth, co-edited with Joseph M. Beilein, Jr. (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2015).

Articles and Essays

“The Trials of Frank James: Guerrilla Veteranhood and the Double-Edge of Wartime Notoriety” in Brian Matthew Jordan, ed. The Unfinished Work: New Perspectives on Civil War Veteranhood (Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, forthcoming Fall 2019).

“Reinterpreting John Noland: Community Coercion Theory and the Black Confederate Myth” in Bruce Stewart and Steve Nash, eds. Southern Communities: Identity, Conflict, and Memory in the Nineteenth-Century American South (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2019).

“Reappraising a Century’s Worth of Lightning,” Introduction for Hulbert and Inscoe, eds., Writing History with Lightning: Cinematic Representations of Nineteenth-Century America (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2019).

“The Silver Lining of ‘Bad History’ at the Movies: Reconstruction, Confederate Exiles, and The Undefeated (1969),” in Hulbert and Inscoe, eds. Writing History with Lightning: Representations of Nineteenth Century America on Film (Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 2019).

“The Rise and Fall of Edwin Terrell, Guerrilla Hunter, U.S.A.,” for a special issue of Ohio Valley History on irregular warfare guest edited by Joseph M. Beilein, Jr., Vol. 18, No. 3 (Fall 2018): 42-61.

“Larkin Skaggs and the Massacre(s) at Lawrence” in Myers and McKnight, eds. The Guerrilla Hunters: Exploring the Civil War’s Irregular Conflicts (Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 2017): 260-281.

“The Business of Guerrilla Memory: Selling Massacres and the Captivity Narrative of Sergeant Thomas M. Goodman” in Hulbert and Beilein, eds. The Civil War Guerrilla: Unfolding the Black Flag in History, Memory, and Myth (Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 2015): 123-144.

“Of Black Flags and History, Authentic and Apocryphal” with Joseph M. Beilein, Jr., Introduction to The Civil War Guerrilla: Unfolding the Black Flag in History, Memory, and Myth (University Press of Kentucky, 2015): 1-12.

Honors & Awards

2017 | Wiley-Silver Book Prize, The Center for Civil War Research, University of Mississippi
2016 | C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize, Southern Historical Association
2015 | Lewis Eldon Atherton Dissertation Prize, State Historical Society of Missouri
2014 | Dissertation Fellowship, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

Professional Affiliations

Southern Historical Association
Society of Civil War Historians

Research Interests and potential topics for students

Nineteenth-Century America; the Civil War; Antebellum Slavery (including comparative: North American vs. African); History and Perceptions of Violence (especially "regular" vs. "irregular" modes of violence); Technology and Warfare (American Revolution to World Wars); Memory Studies; American South; American West (particularly frontiers and settlement)