I am a History Ph.D. student at George Mason University. I am also a Digital History Fellow at the Roy Rosenzwieg Center for History and New Media. As a still relatively new and ever expanding field, Digital History is an exciting conduit through which history can be studied, taught, and presented. If you don’t know what Digital History is then you should definitely check out the Centers website.
Prior to coming to GMU, I received my Bachelor’s in Geography with an emphasis in GIS from Brigham Young University. My courses ranged from human geography to cartography to technical GIS and programming classes. It was through this coursework that I was first introduced to Digital History. As I perused articles that discussed the various applications of GIS, I came across a New York Times article by Patricia Cohen’s entitled “Digital Maps are giving Scholars the Historical Lay of the Land”. The meshing of my long time love of history with new found interests in mapping and geography was fortuitous. As I finished my undergraduate degree, I continued to focus on Digital History.
Beyond Digital History, my research interests are in eighteenth and nineteenth century US History. More specifically, I focus on Mormon history and Religious history in general. What history classes I was able to take during my undergraduate degree (I minored in history) were focused on religious history. One particular paper I wrote was a comparison of sermons given during the American Revolution spanning from 1750 to 1800. I would like to expand on that research in my Ph.D. program.
Outside of academia I have a wonderful wife who supports me in all I do and a daughter who loves me unconditionally. I am an avid Red Sox and Celtics fan. I enjoy the outdoors, spending time with my family and banging on the guitar and ukulele.