Welcome, and thank you for visiting my ePortfolio. Please feel free to explore these resources to learn more about me and my work. I am a first year PhD student in the Hagley Graduate Program at the University of Delaware's Department of History. My research interests lie in the built environment, features of the landscape that reflect the mutually shaping dynamics of society and the environment. Through the material and conceptual construction of the built environment, the landscape becomes a technology designed to facilitate human ends, but operating within the constraints of natural conditions.
My recent and ongoing research focuses on the built environment as a technology that demonstrates the economic and social history of the landscape, with an emphasis on questions of labor and industry. My work finds these themes reflected in the historically particular relationship of people to place, such as enslaved canal builders working in the hills of nineteenth-century Virginia.
In addition to my scholarship, I am an enthusiastic hiker, photographer, bicycle commuter, and chili pepper grower. I live in Delaware with my wife and son.