I am currently a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Central Florida. I also serve as a Principal Investigator with Digital Heritage Interactive LLC. I have previously taught at the University of Florida, University of Otago (New Zealand), and Monmouth University (New Jersey). My scholarship explores the experience of diasporic peoples in the US and beyond, particularly African American history as it relates to racial violence. A twin interest explores the application of emerging technologies for interpreting past places. This includes creating online virtual worlds that bring the past to life in engaging, educational, and immersive ways.
I began my exploration of these interests at the University of Arkansas, where I received a BA in anthropology (2004). This included a thirteen month study abroad experience in New Zealand funded by a Fulbright Scholarship. My exploration of Chinese diaspora communities during this time explored the intersection of GIS, GPS, and 3D site visualization as a form of public archaeology. I further refined these interests as a graduate student at Michigan Tech, where I received a MS in industrial archaeology (2005) based on similar work in Spitsbergen, Norway.
I undertook additional graduate work at the University of Florida, leading to MA (2008) and PhD (2011) degrees in anthropology. During this time, I spent six years teaching undergraduate students and working on projects in Florida and the Caribbean. I also began exploring digital technologies to examine African American history, forming the basis of my dissertation research in Rosewood, Florida. I then worked for four years teaching at Monmouth University before returning to Florida and teaching at the University of Central Florida.