Awards, Service, and Membership

Awards and Honors

  • Honorary Inductee into Golden Key Honor Society, 2012.
  • Bruce Fraser Award in Public History, Association for the Study of Connecticut History (the first time the award has ever been given), 2012.
  • Kidger Award for Innovative Publishing and Teaching, New England History Teachers’ Association, 2011.
  • CSU System Research Award Winner, 2006.
  • CCSU Research Award Winner, 2006.
  • Annually nominated for the CCSU Excellence in Teaching Award. Semi-Finalist in 2001.
  • Annually awarded either Faculty Development or Faculty Research Grants.
  • Received two CCSU Community Engagement Grants, 2009.
  • Wills Fellowship, Tennessee Historical Society, 2003.  

Service and Memberships

  • Manuscript Reviewer: Wesleyan University Press, 2009-present.
  • Member, Advisory Board to the North Carolina History Project, 2009-present.
  • Manuscript Reviewer: Jon Meacham, American Lion: Andrew Jackson’s White House Years (Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in biography.)
  • Advisor to Connecticut’s Old State House, 2009-present.
  • Advisor to Madison Historical Society, 2009-present.
  • Advisor to Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, NEH Implementation Grant, 2007.
  • Manuscript Reviewer: Tennessee University Press, 2006-present.
  •  Manuscript Reviewer: Yale University Press, 2007
  • Advisor to Webb-Deane Stevens Museum, 2007.
  • Board Member, Connecticut Council for the Social Studies, 2005-present. Aided in coordination of three conferences held at CCSU.
  • Board Member, Connecticut Coordinating Committee for the Promotion of History, 2005-present – served as president, 2006.
  • Board Member, Association for the Study of Connecticut History, 2004-present.
  • Editorial Board Member, Connecticut Explored, 2005-present.
  • Member, American Historical Association.
  • Member, Society for the History of the Early American Republic. 
  • Member, American Studies Association.
  • Member, American Society for Legal History.
  • Member, Connecticut Historical Society.
  • Member, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.
  • Member, Tennessee Historical Society.  

Curriculum Vitae


PhD, Saint Louis University, 1997

MA, Saint Louis University, 1993

BA, Central Connecticut State University, 1990


History 501: The Professional Historian 

History 560: U.S. Sectionalism and the Civil War

History 563: The Age of Jackson

History 495: The Age of Lincoln

History 321: American Political History, 1776-1876

History 301: The Historical Imagination: Connecticut in the Civil War

History 100: 9/11 Generation

History 100: American Liberty/American Power.   

Select Articles and Book Chapter Publications

  •  "Difficult Hunting: Accessing Connecticut Patient Records to Learn about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder During the Civil War," Civil War History (forthcoming, spring 2013 issue.)

  • "The Emancipation Proclamation in Connecticut," Connecticut Explored (winter 2013 issue.)

  • "Northern Dissent," A Companion to the U.S. Civil War, (Blackwell Companions to American History Series), ed., Aaron Sheehan-Davis, (forthcoming, 2013.)

  • "The Notorious Hartford Convention," Connecituct Explored, 10 (3) (Summer 2012): 26-31.

  • "The Hartford Convention: Partisanship in the War of 1812," in Connecticut in the War of 1812, ed., Glenn Gordinier, Mystic Seaport.

  • "Andrew Jackson and Legacy in the Battle of New Orleans," in  A Companion to the Era of Andrew Jackson, (Blackwell Companions to American History Series), ed., Sean Adams, (forthcoming 2012).

  • "Copperheads in Connecticut: A Peace Movement that Threatened the Union," in This Distracted and Anarchical People: New Answers for Old Questions about the Civil War Era North, edited by Andrew L. Slap and Michael Thomas Smith (Fordham University Press, 2012.)

  • Connecticut in the Civil War, guest editor, special issue of Connecticut Explored 9 (2) (Spring 2011); author with Mary M. Donohue, of "Memorials to a Nation Preserved," 38-43.

  • "Andrew Jackson and the Constitution

Reviews and Presentations

Book Reviews

  • Daniel Feller, ed., The Papers of Andrew Jackson, vol. 8, (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2012) in The Journal of American History (forthcoming 2012).
  • Mark E. Neely, Jr., Lincoln and the Triumph of the Nation: Constitutional Conflict in the American Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2012) in Civil War Book Review,
  • Robert V. Remini, At the Edge of the Precipice: Henry Clay and the Compromise That Saved the Union (New York: Basic Books, 2010) in The Journal of Southern History 77, No. 4 (November 2011): 955-6.
  • Gerard N. Magliocca, Andrew Jackson and the Constitution: The Rise and Fall of Generational Regimes (Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 2007), H-LAW – Humanities Net, Legal History Forum.  

Paper Presentations

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