Academic Interests: Immigration, Race and ethnicity, Global and transnational perspectives, Historical memory, Minnesota history.
Story: I grew up in a small mining town in northern Minnesota. Upon finishing high school, I attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, a liberal arts institution that is very similar to CSB/SJU. I originally intended to study music but ended up majoring in History and Mathematics and minoring in International Studies. After college, I taught English for two years in Europe - one year in Poland and one year in Slovenia.
I returned to Minnesota in 2001 to attend graduate school at the University of Minnesota. My main field of study was United States immigration history, and my dissertation examined the ways in which cultural understandings of American immigration and ethnicity changed over the course of the twentieth century. Specifically, I analyzed depictions of immigrants in historical accounts (scholarly studies, oral history, pubic history, commemorative events) on Minnesota's Mesabi Iron Range.
Since completing graduate school, I have moved between several colleges in Minnesota and Iowa. I have taught a wide range of courses in United States, Latin American, and world history. At CSB/SJU, I teach courses in Latin American and United States history as well as First Year Seminar.