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Education

Texas A&M University
Ph.D. History, dissertation defended 5 November 2019
Dissertation: “Occupying Nature: Power, Politics, and Sovereignty in American Occupied Germany, 1945-1955”
Committee Chair: Dr. Adam Seipp

George Mason University                                         
Master of Arts in History, January 2011

West Virginia University
Bachelor of Arts in History, May 2008
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, May 2008

International Education
Freie Universität Berlin, 2017-18
Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, 2015-2016

Experience

New Books Network
Podcast Interviewer, 2021 – 

H-Net: The Humanities and Social Sciences Online
Review Editor, 2020 – 

U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center – Carlisle, PA
Post-Doctoral Fellow – Analysis and Research Team,  2020 – 2021

Texas A&M University – College Station, TX
Graduate Assistant Lecturer – Instructor of Record, 2018

Texas A&M University – College Station, TX
Teaching Assistant/Discussion Leader, 2013 – 2017

Texas A&M University Writing Center – College Station, TX
Writing Consultant III, 2013 – 2017

Historical Office of the Office of the Secretary of Defense – Arlington, VA
Intern, 2012 –2013

Publications

Articles and Chapters (Peer Reviewed)

“Occupying the Environment: German Hunters and the American Occupation” in Camilo Erlichman and Christopher Knowles, eds., Transforming Occupation in the Western Zones of Germany: Politics, Everyday Life, and Social Interactions, 1945-1955 (London: Bloomsbury, 2018).

“STEG and the Occupation of Germany: Demilitarization as Reconstruction, 1945-1952,” War in History Vol. 25 no. 1 (January 2018): 103-125.

Policy Studies for U.S. Army

“Just Add Soldiers: Army Prepositioned Stocks and Agile Power Projection,” January 2021.

 “The Evolution and Utility of the Geographic Combatant Commands: The Example of the Pacific Theater,” November 2020.

“The Force Management Challenge: Balancing Modernization and Readiness,” with Conrad Crane, Michael Lynch, Shane Reilly, and Jessica Sheets, October 2020. https://bit.ly/2K18aZM.

 “‘A Little-known Bill of Great National Significance’: The Uses and Evolution of the Defense Production Act, 1950-2020,” July 2020. https://bit.ly/2Ov75IG.

“Tell me how this Ends: The US Army in the Pandemic Era” with Michael Lynch, Shane Reilly, and Jessica Sheets, June 2020. https://bit.ly/2Oeza6Q.

“The Ever-changing Nature of Student Research at the U.S. Army War College,” March 2020.

Book Reviews

The Art of Occupation: Crime and Governance in American-Controlled Germany, 1944-1949, by Thomas Kehoe, H-Net Reviews, February 2021. https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=56087.

The Kremlin Letters: Stalin’s Wartime Correspondence with Churchill and Roosevelt, edited by David Reynolds and Vladimir Pechatnov, forthcoming in The Journal of Military History.

World War II and the Cold War: The Rhetoric of Hearts and Minds, edited by Martin J. Medhurst, H-War, H-Net Reviews. https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=54142.

Commentary

“Korean War Economic Mobilization Is More Relevant to the Current Pandemic than WWII,” War on the Rocks, April 2020. https://bit.ly/2zfe6ZP.

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards

Texas A&M University Dissertation Fellowship, 2019
Berlin Center for Advanced German and European Studies Dissertation Fellowship, 2017-2018
Texas A&M University Department of History Dissertation Research Grant, 2017
DAAD Research Grant, 2015-2016
Fasken Graduate Student Fellowship, 2015-2016
Texas A&M University Department of History Summer Research Grant, 2015
Texas A&M University College of Liberal Arts Professional Development Grant, 2012, 2014
Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Scholarship Introductory Polish Language, University of Pittsburgh, Summer Language Institute, 2012
Title VIII Summer Fellowship Introductory Polish Language, Indiana University, SWSEEL, 2012 (declined)

Awards

US Army Civilian Service Achievement Medal, 2021
Informed Citizens Contest: Applying History to Clarify the COVID-19 Challenge, 2020
Russell F. Weigley Graduate Student Travel Grant, Society for Military History, 2019
Max Kele Award, European Section of the Southern Historical Association, 2017
James A. Barnes Graduate Conference Awarded Outstanding Paper in European History, 2013

 Conference Presentations

“Bellies, Boars, and Bullets: Care Sovereignty, and the Remasculinization of Post-War West Germany,” Food & Sovereignty Symposium, Vancouver Island University, June 2021.

“A Centuries Old Tradition: German Hunters and Gun Ownership in Postwar West Germany,1945 to 1952,” A Fragile State Monopoly? Policies and Practices of Gun Control and the Redefinition of State Prerogatives on the Global Stage, 1890s-1940s, University of Padua, Italy, 2021.

“To the Holzaktion: Cities, Forests, and Politics in American Occupied Bavaria, 1945-1952,” German Studies Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC, 2020, (Cancelled due to COVID-19).

“In Garden Bavaria: American Strategies of Rule during the Postwar Food Crisis.” Society for Military History Annual Conference, Arlington, VA, (Cancelled due to COVID-19).

“Hunting American Style: Debates over American Hunting in Occupied Germany.” Society for Military History Annual Conference, Columbus, OH, 2019.

“Education, Engineering and the Anthropocene,” Crafting the Long Tomorrow: New Conversations and Productive Catalysts Across Science and Humanities Boundaries, University of Arizona, 2019.

“Wenn die Wälder sterben, müssen die Völker verderben: The Politicization of the German Forests under American Military Occupation, 1945-1949,” German Studies Association Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, 2018.

“Ancient Rights and Male Freedom: Hunting and Masculinity in American Occupied Germany, 1945-1949,” BCMH New Research in Military History Conference, at University of Cambridge, St. John’s College, 2017.

“Demokratie ist ein Fremdwort”: German Hunters and the American Occupation, 1945-1952” The Allied Occupation of Germany Revisited New Research on the Western Zones of Occupation, 1945-1949, German Historical Institute London, 2016.
https://alliedoccupation.wordpress.com/

“Occupying Nature: American Soldiers and the German Environment”
Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Conference, 2014.

“Reviving Consumerism in West Germany: STEG and the Occupation of Germany, 1945-1948”
Temple University James A. Barnes Graduate Student History Conference, 2013.

“Democracy and the American Way of Postwar: U.S. Military Government, 1847-1949”
Texas A&M History Graduate Student Organization Conference, 2012.
Awarded Best PhD Student Paper

Activities

Workshop Participant: “Turning a Doctoral Dissertation into a Book” at the ENHANCE ITN conference “(Um)weltschmerz: An Exercise in Humility and Melancholia,” Munich, Germany, 2018
Co-Convener of the War, Violence & Society Working Group, Glascock Center for Humanities Research, 2016
Fasken Award Committee Chair, 2016
Programming4Hummanists, 2016
Goethe Institut, Munich, German Language Training, 2014, 2015, 2016
Research Assistant for Federal Fugitives Project: http://www.ehistory.org/projects/fugitive-federals.html, 2015, 2016
The Humanities and Technology Camp DH Collaborate Texas A&M University, 2014
President of Texas A&M History Graduate Student Organization, 2013–2014
The Humanities and Technology Camp at the George Mason University Center for History and New Media, 2013
International Tracing Services Seminar at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2012
University of Pittsburgh, Summer Language Institute, Introductory Polish, 2012