HIST152:Growth of the Nation to 1865
20th Century History
Research Interests Publications
I received my Bachelor's Degree in History from Gardner-Webb University in 2016. I recently authored "The Contingency of Appalachia on Our Mind" in the Journal of Appalachian Studies, which analyzed the ways in which middle class mountaineers sought to subvert the acceptance of the Appalachian stereotype throughout the region. Local Color writers from the New England area published a series of sketches that emphasized the exotic nature of mountain life and highlighted the inherent deviance of the mountaineer. Aware of how they were portrayed in mass media, middle-class mountaineers in western North Carolina deliberately rejected this portrayal through local newspapers. In the process, these residents struggled to ensure that middle-class imagery represented the still contingent idea of Appalachia in the American consciousness.
I am currently interested in the history of tourism in Southern Appalachia. My current dissertation research analyzes the racialization of tourism in Southern Appalachia during the mid-twentieth century and the trade's impact on the intersections of race and class in the region. I am particularly interested in the tourism industry's impact on urban renewal efforts, the growth of early agri-tourism and the intentional manufacturing and commodification of a racialized folk culture within the region.
"The Contingency of Appalachia on Our Mind: An Exploration of the Self-Perception of Bourgeois Mountain Print Culture, 1870-1890" Journal of Appalachian Studies September 2017.