I am a historian specializing in nineteenth and twentieth century United States foreign relations / U.S. in the world. I research, write, and teach on a wide variety of interdisciplinary topics related to the global history and cultures of the United States.
I am Professor and Chair of the History Department at Virginia Wesleyan University in Virginia Beach, where I offer courses on U.S. history and culture, sound and noise, and selected topics in Asian history.
My ongoing historical research focuses on legal spatiality related to offshore mineral extraction in the submerged lands of the continental shelf. Check out my research and recent publications page.
I also publish regularly in ethnomusicology and folklore, particularly related to Texas-Mexican conjunto music and Latino migrant music.
I’m involved in a number of applied ethnomusicological and public folklore projects such as the Festival of Texas Fiddling, which I founded in 2014 and for which I serve as Artistic Director. The Festival of Texas Fiddling is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in San Antonio.