I teach history and Native American studies at Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, NC) and participate in WCU’s interdisciplinary Cherokee Studies program. My current research deals with the commemoration and public memory of indigenous history in the American South. In early 2017, the University of North Carolina Press published my second book, Monuments to Absence: Cherokee Removal and the Contest over Southern Memory. I also work as a volunteer with the North Carolina Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association, a non-profit organization established to support the development and interpretation of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.

I grew up near Chicago and earned degrees at the University of Illinois (B.A.) and Indiana University (M.A., Ph.D.). I run and bike obsessively and support Arsenal Football Club.