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 of the United States.
I am Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at Virginia Wesleyan University, where I offer courses on U.S. history as well as selected topics in Asian history. I also serve as Chair of the American Studies program.
My historical research focuses particularly on legal aspects of international relations. I am currently writing a book examining legal spatiality related to offshore mineral extraction in the submerged lands of the continental shelf
I also publish regularly in ethnomusicology and folklore, particularly related to Texas-Mexican conjunto music. I’m involved in a number of applied ethnomusicological and public folklore projects such as the Festival of Texas Fiddling, which I founded and for which I serve as Artistic Director.