Focus: Native American Histories/Cultures
- Ph.D., History, Arizona State University
- B.A., History, Louisiana State University
- Honors College, minors in Latin and English literature
COURSES TAUGHT AT ACPHS
- History of the Plagues
- Southwestern Indian History
- Health Care and Human Values
- The History of the American Frontier
- Native American Mythology
- The Indian in American History: Native American History, 1450-present
- Native Perspectives: Native Americans Through Their Own Eyes
- Humanities I, II (course coordinator) and III
- Greek Mythology Through Literature and Film
- Early American History
- Modern American History
- APPE Educational Rotation (Sixth year rotation)
INDEPENDENT STUDIES WITH STUDENTS AT ACPHS
- Native Americans and Film
- Native American Literature
- Indians of Arizona and Northern Mexico
- Gender, Sexuality, and Health
- Ethnic Literature of the United States
- Native American history, specifically the history and culture of Native Americans of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Majority of research centers on the Houma nation, a tribe below New Orleans.
PUBLISHED ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS
“Arkansas” in Native America: A State by State Guide. Daniel Murphree, editor. Santa Monica, CA: Greenwood Press, 2012. Volume I: 63-86.
“Louisiana” in Native America: A State by State Guide. Daniel Murphree, editor. Santa Monica, CA: Greenwood Press, 2012. Volume I: 441-465.
“Frontiers and Pharmacists: The History of the American Frontier as Taught at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences,” The Journal of the West. Summer 2010. Vol. 49, No. 3: 61-66.
“Food as Bridge and Barrier: The Houma and Foodways of Southern Louisiana,” Louisiana Cultural Vistas. Fall, 2008. 19:3.
“Watered by Tempests: Hurricanes in the Cultural Fabric of the United Houma Nation.”American Indian Culture and Research Journal. 2008. Volume 32, No. 2: 11-26.
“Louisiana’s Old State Capitol Museum: Castle on the Mississippi,” in Defining Memory: Local Museums and the Construction of History in America’s Changing Communities. Amy K. Levin, editor. Lanham, MD: Altamira Press, 2007: 77-91.
“The Houma Nation in Mississippi’s Early French Colonial Period: Modern Interpretations and Influences,” Journal of Mississippi History. Spring 2006. Vol. LXVIII, No. 1: 43-64.
“The Houma Nation: A Brief Overview of the Literature,” Louisiana History. Winter 2006. Vol. XLVII, No. 1: 63-90.
REVIEW ESSAYS AND ENCYCLOPEDIA ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN:
Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South
The Journal of Mississippi History
American Indian Culture and Research Journal
Journal of the West
Pacific Northwest Quarterly
Journal of the West
Encyclopedia of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
American Indian Culture and Research Quarterly
The Western Historical Quarterly
SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
“To Hold an Indian Pen: The Houma Nation’s Fight for Education in the Twentieth Century.” 36th American Indian Workshop, Frankfurt, Germany, March 24-27, 2015.
“And a Child Opened the Gates of Paradise: Appropriation of Houma History at Fort Adams, Mississippi.” American Historical Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 3-6, 2013.
“A Comparison of the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum and the Albany College of Pharmacy Museum.” The Public History of Science and Technology, sponsored by the Public History Program at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, September 11-14, 2011.
“Creoles, Indians, and Sugar Princes: Changing Interpretations Along Louisiana’s River Road.” Many Voices One Story? Public History Narratives of Native American and African American Histories, sponsored by The Public History Program at North Carolina State University, Charlotte, North Carolina, April 17, 2010.
“Fire, Water and Government Know Nothing of Mercy: Court Cases Which Determined Houma Identity.” American Society for Ethnohistory Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, October, 2009.
“Piles of Memories: Hurricane Katrina and Native Peoples of Louisiana.” American Studies Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico, October, 2008.
“Collective Memory in the Houma Nation of Louisiana.” Southern Anthropological Society, Oxford, Mississippi, February, 2007.