Assistant Professor of Practice, Department of History (August 2020 – Present)
Texas State University, San Marcos, TX


(undergrad) HIST 1320: US History 1877 – Present
(undergrad) HIST 3368A: Introduction to Public History
(grad) HIST 5372 : The Practice of Museums and Material Culture
(grad) HIST 5374: Public History Internship
(grad) HIST 5376: Local and Community History


2020     Ph.D., History Department, Loyola University Chicago
Joint doctoral program in United States History and Public History
Dissertation: “Useful for Life: Women, Girls, and Vocational School Reform in Chicago, 1880-1930”
Committee: Timothy Gilfoyle (chair), Elizabeth Fraterrigo, Elliott Gorn, Kate Rousmaniere

2012     B.A., American Studies Department, DePaul University
: Major in American Studies, minors in the History of Art & Architecture and Anthropology
Honors: Summa Cum Laude


2023     Presidential Distinction Award in Teaching, College of Liberal Arts, Texas State University
2023     Golden Apple Award in Teaching, College of Liberal Arts, Texas State University
Graduate Scholar Residency, The Newberry Library
2019     Arthur J. Schmitt Dissertation Fellowship, Loyola University Chicago
2018     King V. Hostick Research Scholarship, Illinois State Historical Society
2018     Graduate Student Travel Grant, Urban History Association
2018     Ramonat Fellowship in American Catholic History, Loyola University Chicago
2016     Robert McCluggage Award, History Department, Loyola University Chicago
2013     Five-Year Teaching Assistantship, Loyola University Chicago


Home Work: Gender, Child Labor, and Education for Girls in Urban America


“‘A School Built Around the Girl’: Uncovering Memories of Girlhood to Protect a Historic Public School and Diversify Chicago’s Built Environment,” in A Girl Can Do: Recognizing and Representing Girlhood, ed. Tiffany R. Isselhardt (Vernon Press, Forthcoming 2022). (order here)


“‘A Superior Kind of Working Woman’: The Contested Meaning of Vocational Education for Girls in Progressive-Era Chicago,” The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (July 2021): 392-410. (read it here)


“The New Revisionists: Recent Histories of Inequality and Urban Education.” The Journal of Urban History (January 2023): 1-7. (read it here)

Review of Teacher Strike! Public Education and the Making of a New American Political Order by Jon Shelton. Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Bibliography vol. 143 (April 2019): 228-229. (read it here)


2023     Berkshire Conference of Women Historians 
Panel Organizer: “More than Maternalism: Rethinking Women’s Reform in the Progressive Era.”
Paper: “’The New Homemakers’: Educating Chicago Girls for Modern Motherhood, 1890-1915.”

2023     Texas Real Places Conference
“Undergraduate Engagement and the Hayden Springs Freedom Colony Project.” Panel organized for the Texas Real Places Conference, Austin, TX, February 2, 2023.

2022     History of Education Society 
“Higher Vocations; Gender, Labor, and the Smith-Hughes Act of 1917.” Paper presented at the History of Education Society Conference, Baltimore, MD, November, 2022.

2020     Chicago History Museum, Urban History Seminar
“A Girl’s Preparation for Life”: How Women Reformed Vocational Education in Progressive-Era Chicago.” Lecture at the Chicago History Museum Urban History Seminar, Chicago, IL, February 20, 2020.

2020     Newberry Library, Fellows Seminar
“’A Superior Kind of Working Woman’: Trade Education for Girls in Chicago’s Public High Schools, 1900-1915.” Paper presented at the Newberry Library Fellows Seminar, Chicago, IL, January 2020.

2019     American Historical Association
“Public Schools as Urban History: Exploring Chicago’s Educational Landscape.” Tour co-created and presented at the American Historical Association Conference, Chicago, IL, January 2019.

2019     American Historical Association
“The Making of the Graduate Working Class: Perspectives on University Activism and Responsibility.” Panelist at the American Historical Association Conference, Chicago, IL, January 2019.

2019     History of Education Society
“‘I Am Old Enough and Sufficiently Educated’: How Chicago Girls Navigated Vocational Schooling and Employment, 1900-1930.” Paper presented at the History of Education Society Conference, Albuquerque, NM, November 2018.

2018     Urban History Association
“Schooling the Truant Boy and Restless Girl: Gender, Delinquency, and the Rise of Vocational Education in Chicago, 1880-1920.” Paper presented at the Urban History Association Conference, Columbia, SC, October 2018.

2018     Organization of Educational Historians
“‘To Prevent Girls From Going Astray’: How Gender and Delinquency Shaped Vocational Education in Chicago, 1880-1910.” Paper presented at the Organization of Educational Historians Conference, Chicago, IL, October 2018.

2017     Illinois Historical Preservation Agency
“The Lucy Flower Technical High School for Girls.” Landmark nomination presented at the Illinois Historical Preservation Agency, Springfield, IL, February 2017.

2016     Urban History Association
“Chicago’s Lucy Flower Technical School for Girls, 1927-1978.” Poster presented at the Urban History Association Conference, Chicago, IL, October 2016.

2016     International Standing Conference on the History of Education
“‘I Went in a Child, I Came Out a Perfect Lady’: Gendered Education and Flower Tech, 1927-1960.” Paper presented at the International Standing Conference on the History of Education, Chicago, IL, August 2016.

2016     University of Illinois, Women’s and Gender History Symposium
“‘They Taught Us To Be Ladies’: The Lucy Flower Technical School for Girls, 1927-1960.” Paper presented at the University of Illinois Women’s and Gender History Symposium, Urbana, IL, March 2016.


2015     The Newberry Library
Summer Archives Intern: Processed, arranged, rehoused, and created finding aids for archival collections

2014     The Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Museum Education
Summer Museum Educator: Researched, developed, and led museum tours for family, adult, and student groups (grades 1-12). Co-created and led museums tour for visually-impaired students.

2012     Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Photography
Collections Intern: Maintained proper storage conditions for the photography collection; conducted research for upcoming exhibitions; updated catalogue information in the museum database

2011     Chicago Architecture Foundation
Site Coordinator for Open House Chicago: Assisted in site selection for an annual city-wide architecture festival; built and maintained the event’s site database; communicated with site hosts and event volunteers; wrote the published event guide


2022     National Register of Historic Places
Co-Nominator: Researched and co-wrote the NRHP nomination for Chicago Vocational School in Chicago, IL Reference no. SG100007996

2017     National Register of Historic Places
Nominator: Researched and wrote the NRHP nomination for Lucy Flower Technical School for Girls in Chicago, IL (featured here on Reference no. 100000960

2015     Chrysler Village History Project
Interviewer and Transcriber: Conducted and transcribed group interviews with former residents of Chrysler Village for the Chrysler Village History Project

2015     Glessner House and Clarke House Museums
Evaluation Program Co-Creator: worked with a team to develop an evaluation program for docents, visitors, and public programs at two historic Chicago house museums


2021-2022      Board Member, Pioneer Farms Living History Museum, Austin, TX
2021      Reviewer, Women’s and Gender History Interpretive Guide, National Park Service
Local Arrangements Committee, American Historical Association Conference, Chicago, IL 
2015-2018      Judge, Chicago Metro History Fair, Chicago, IL
2013-2016      District Coordinator, Open House Chicago, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago, IL


American Historical Association
American Association for State and Local History
National Council on Public History
Berkshire Conference of Women Historians
History of Education Society
Urban History Association
National Trust on Historic Preservation