HISTORICAL RESEARCH

PARKS IN BUTTE, MONTANA

My doctoral dissertation asks who wanted parks in Butte, Montana at the turn of the twentieth century and why. I use Columbia Gardens and Butte’s municipal parks as windows into Butte’s labor, leisure, and class history. I am interested in how parks played a role in land use, urban development, landscape architecture, boosterism, community identity, and the relationships between labor and capital. I am also interested in how these spaces functioned in Butte residents’ social lives, as places that played witness to childhood, adolescence, courtship, adulthood, and family life.

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

Carrie Johnson Research Fellowship, Friends of the Butte Archives, Butte Silver Bow Public Archives

Charles Redd Fellowship in Western American History, Brigham Young University

Mining History Association Research Grant

Garden and Landscape Studies Graduate Workshop, Dumbarton Oaks , Harvard University and Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

MOON-RANDOLPH HOMESTEAD, MISSOULA, MT

As Summer 2019 Moon-Randolph Homestead Curation and Interpretation Intern, I studied homesteading, subsistence agriculture, mining, logging, education, conservation, and public lands in Western Montana. I designed interpretive displays for the restored Mining Shed, offered historical tours of the Homestead to the public and for group events, and offered historical education enrichment for Parks and Recreation Youth Homestead Camp.

PUBLIC HISTORY ENGAGEMENT

Supervised by City of Missoula Historic Preservation Office, Division of City Planning, and Conservation Lands Management, Parks & Recreation Department, and North Missoula Community Development Corporation
Presented to Historic Preservation Commission
Presented at 2019 Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conference, CU Boulder
ArcGIS Map
Not Even Past Feature Article

SPORTS, PROTEST, AND RACE

My undergraduate research centered on labor and race relations in Major League Baseball. I studied the advent of free agency in cultural context by focusing on Jim Bouton’s outspoken career and memoir Ball Four (1970) and Curt Flood’s lawsuit against Major League Baseball and his memoir I Never Had It Made (1971). I have written about player protest for UT History’s public history blog, Not Even Past. I remain interested in issues about labor in entertainment and athletics, international recruitment in American professional sports, gender in the sports facility workplace, youth sports, and federal policy. I am an affiliate of the UT Center for Sports Communication and Media in the Moody College of Communication.

WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES

As part of my studies at UT Austin, I earned a portfolio certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies I am interested in the history of friendship, courtship, marriage, motherhood, sex, sexual harassment, labor, commerce, and advertising. I use feminist theory and methodologies in my approaches to work in archives and in discourse. I served as a Co-coordinator of the UT Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality in 2020-2021.


WORK EXPERIENCE

Capital Improvements, Nationals Park
Washington, D.C. 2016-2018

Collated and drafted proposals to the Washington Convention and Sports Authority t/a Events DC for Nationals Park professional baseball stadium. Worked throughout the Washington Nationals organization to understand and prepare proposals including but not limited to field drainage systems, point of sale systems, office and stadium furnishings, and security.

2018 MLB All-Star Game, 89th Midsummer Classic
Washington, D.C. July 2018

Worked directly with MLB and Populous staff to manage the Event Operations Headquarters office for the 89th Midsummer Classic. Liaison to Washington Nationals and Medal of Honor recipients honored during pre-game ceremonies for the 89th MLB All-Star Game. Oversaw logistics, hospitality, on-field presentation, accessibility, and staff meals.

Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs, Georgetown University
Washington, D.C. 2013-2016

Extensive experience in Undergraduate Admissions and Residence Life. Award-winning Resident Assistant. Creator of the Magis Row Symposium for student-led Living Learning Communities at Georgetown University.

Office of U.S. Senator Jon Tester (MT)
Washington, D.C. Summer 2013

Legislative intern for Indian Affairs, Social Security, and Labor. Drafted statement for the Congressional Record and met with Department of Interior Staff in regards to ongoing tribal water rights issues.