My work in history education focuses on the impact of new media on the teaching, learning, and scholarship of history. As a cultural historian of modern Latin American history, focusing on sports and leisure, I focus on the educational approaches for teaching cultural history in an approach informed by critical media studies, digital storytelling, creating digital archives and collections, and data-geographic visualizations.
As a history/social studies education director, my specialty in digital history intersects with the burgeoning field of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, or SoTL. Before coming to App State, I helped develop educational projects at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, where I wrote reviews and published content for Teachinghistory.org, led workshops and training for professional K-12 social studies teachers, helped teachers incorporate technology in the classroom, and contributed to other initiatives related to history education. As a faculty member at App State, I am part of the Digital Humanities working group and co-facilitate a faculty group focused on Active Learning Classrooms (ALCs).
I completed my Ph.D. in History at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA), an M.A. in History at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a B.A. in History from Elon University (formerly Elon College), where I studied as a NC Teaching Fellow. I grew up in Los Angeles (CA), Miami (FL), San José (Costa Rica), and Fayetteville (NC). My hobbies include playing pick-up games (any sport available), collecting comic books, watching movies, and traveling. Now I get to share those same interests with my children, alongside my wife of almost 20 years (and our two-year-old Brittany, Django).