Ph.D., University of California, Merced, 2009

M.A., California State University, Stanislaus, 2001

B.A., California State University, Stanislaus, 1998


History of the American West, California History, Pacific World, American Cultural History

Favorite Class to Teach

American History, American Frontier, California History, History of Contemporary American Cinema, Research and Historiography, World Civilization I, World Civilization II

Recent Work/Scholarship

Article: Grounds of Our Claim: William Sturgis and Commercial Diplomacy on the Northwest Coast. Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History 28:1 (Spring 2014): 14-20.

Article: With Kirsten Livingston and Hannah Zimmerman, “A Revised List of Vessels Engaged in the California Sea Otter Trade, 1786-1847.” International Journal of Maritime History XXIV:2 (December 2012): 225-238

Lecture: “’Too Cute For Their Own Good’: How sea otter aesthetics have both helped and hurt conservation efforts.” Modesto Junior College Science Colloquium, Modesto, California, March 15, 2011

Book Review: Carlos Schwantes, Just One Restless Rider: Reflections on Trains and Travel (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2009). Pacific Northwest Quarterly 101:2 (Spring 2010): 100

Article: The Sea Otter Islands: Geopolitics and Environment in the East Asian Fur Trade. Asia Pacific: Perspectives 9:2 (June 2010): 27-34