- University of Montana - B.A. in Journalism
- Western Carolina University - M.A. in History
- University of Mississippi - Ph.D. in History
How long have you worked at GSSM?
I have worked at GSSM since 2012.
How long have you worked in academia?
I have worked in academia since 1999.
Please list and describe any personal information you would like to share.
I have a son, Robert, and my wife, Elaine, is a professional historian. I love canoeing, hiking, photography, and playing my banjo and fiddle. Loudly.
Give us a Twitter-style short bio about yourself.
Dirt-loving sun worshipper. "Roads" scholar. Still searching for what I want to be when I grow up.
What would your students be surprised to learn about you?
I was a full-time Atlanta Braves bat boy in high school, I worked seven seasons in Yellowstone National Park, and I was a newspaper reporter for years in Montana and North Carolina.
Who would be invited to your fantasy dinner party (living or deceased) and why?
My father and my grandfather, two guys from the tough streets of New Orleans. I miss hearing their colorful stories and their wonderful Irish Channel accents. I have a million questions to ask them about life in New Orleans.
What's your favorite quote?
"Belief? What do I believe in? I believe in sun. In rock. In the dogma of the sun and the doctrine of the rock. I believe in blood, fire, woman, eagles, rivers, storm, drums, flutes, banjos, and broom-tailed horses." - Edward Abbey
Anything else you'd like to tell us?
I have an autistic son. He took mainstream courses in high school and graduated with a diploma. His world has been much different than the world I teach in, and you should find inspiration in that. He worked harder than any other student I have ever known. He reached the sky and touched it. So can you.