Assistant Professor of Practice
Department of History, Texas State University
San Marcos TX


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


2019     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
2012     The Richard DeCordova Essay Award, American Studies, DePaul University


“‘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 2021)

“‘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 (Accepted)


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)


2020     Chicago History Museum, Urban History Seminar
“A Girl’s Preparation for Life”: How Women Reformed Vocational Education in Progressive-Era Chicago.” Upcoming lecture at the Chicago History Museum Urban History Seminar, Chicago, IL, February 20, 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     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 Conference
“Chicago’s Lucy Flower Technical School for Girls, 1927-1978.” Paper 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.


(2016 – 2019)     Wendella Architecture Tours
Summer Tour Guide: Research and present architectural and historical tours of downtown Chicago

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


2017     National Register of Historic Places
Nominator: Researched, wrote, and fended the landmark nomination for the former Lucy Flower Technical School for Girls in Chicago, IL (read it here on

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

2014     Chicago Cultural Alliance
Content Contributor: Wrote label text and artifact descriptions for local cultural institutions as part of a digital initiative with the CCA


2018-2019     Local Arrangements Committee, American Historical Association 
2015-2018     Judge, Chicago Metro History Fair
2016-2017     Vice President, History Graduate Student Association (HGSA), Loyola University Chicago
2015-2016     Chair, HGSA Public History Committee, Loyola University Chicago
2014-2017     Committee Member, HGSA Conference, Loyola University Chicago
2013-2016     District Coordinator, Open House Chicago, Chicago Architecture Foundation


American Historical Association
Berkshire Conference of Women Historians
Coordinating Council for Women in History
History of Education Society
National Collaborative on Women’s Historic Sites
National Trust on Historic Preservation
Organization of Educational Historians
Urban History Association