An essay on sensational fiction, true crime, and working women in the 19th century. “Disappointed Love and Dangerous Temptations” on Nursing Clio 8/8/19

I wrote an essay on how academic service does not always benefit academic women’s careers. You can read the short piece, published in the January 2019 edition of Women in Higher Education, here.

My article on Madeleine Pollard's life before and after her national notoriety (published in The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, vol. 115 (Summer 2017): 313-348) has been nominated for the A. Elizabeth Taylor Prize  which is awarded annually for the best article published during the preceding year in the field of southern women’s history. The prize is awarded by the Southern Association for Women Historians.  8/25/18

They worked hard, they shopped, they learned their economic worth: I weigh in on women laborers and the history of factories on Maine Calling  4/25/18

I waited FIVE YEARS for records from the Department of State. The payoff was one wonderful word. Read about it here: Passports and Pen Slips  11/22/17

The Murder of Mary Bean and Other Stories is now available as an audio book! If you have 7 hours and 7 minutes you can learn all about the sad end to the short life of a textile factory girl. Available on amazon and Audible. 11/4/17.

C-Span Cities Tour came to Portland, Maine, over the summer and I had the pleasure to speak with them about my first book, Shaking the Faith. You can see me wave my hands and talk excitedly about that first research project HERE. 10/31/17.

A big thank you to the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and SLICE Literary for awarding me a scholarship to attend the SLICE Literary Writers' Conference, September 9 & 10, in Brooklyn, N.Y. I'll attend panels on various aspects of writing and publishing and will have the opportunity to pitch my book project to agents. 8/19/17

I am delighted to have been selected to participate in the Object Lessons NEH Institute in Tampa, Florida, in March 2018. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the workshop is organized by the founders of  Object Lessons, an essay and book series on the "hidden lives of ordinary things." The workshop will discuss techniques for scholars and non-fiction authors who wish to write for broad audiences without sacrificing the research and rigor of good scholarly work. 8/11/17

"More than a Congressman's Mistress: Ambition and Scandal in the Life of Madeleine Pollard," is ready for your reading pleasure in The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, vol. 115 (Summer 2017): 313-348. 6/6/17 

My paper, "‘Morbidly Restless and Seeking Excitement’: Jane Armstrong Tucker, Illness, and the Single Life," has been accepted for presentation at an international gathering of scholars interested in the history of single women. The conference on Single Lives: 200 Years of Independent Women in Literature and Popular Culture will be  held at University College Dublin, Ireland, in October. 5/1/7

My Wikipedia Education Foundation guest blog, "Making History, Empowering Students through Wikipedia," has been translated and published on WikiMujeres, a Spanish-language website dedicated to redressing the gender and cultural imbalance on Wikipedia. If you read Spanish, read the blog here. 11/10/16

Perspectives, the news magazine of the American Historical Association, interviewed me for "Linking In: How Historians are Fighting Bias on Wikipedia." Read the article HERE. 9/1/16

2016 Pattison Writers Residency. The Pattison Artists and Writers Residency program provides a week-long residency in western Maine away from the distractions of daily life, where recipients may unplug and focus on creative endeavors. I, along with my UNE colleague, Dr. Jennifer Tuttle, Dorothy M. Healy Professor of Literature and Health, have been awarded a Residency for a collaboration of "writing alone together," working on independent projects while also sharing with each other our texts in progress for mutual critique. FMI: click Here

Wikipedia Education Foundation publishes my guest blog "Making History, Empowering Students through Wikipedia," 6/22/16.

Down East publishes "50 Shades of Chambray: Being a Thrilling Account of How the Saco-Biddeford Cotton Empire Gave Rise to a Trashy 19th-century Literary Craze Full of Torrid Affairs, Horrendous Murders, and Ruined Females," in the June 2015 issue. Read the article here.

And follow this link to hear me discuss "50 Shades of Chambray" on the Maine television show 207 (WCSH, 6/2/15).


Upcoming Talks & Appearance

“The Great Turn-Out: Factory Girls and Maine’s First Labor Strike,” Kezar Falls (Maine) Library, July 27, 2019, 2:00 p.m.

“A Useful Employment for the Fingers: Victorian Hair Work,” International Victorian Hair Workers Convention, Blue Spring, Missouri, Aug. 19, 2019.

Interested in a talk or a reading? Contact me!