Fields of Study: US history, 19th/20th century
Advisor: Martha Sandweiss
My research interests are in US history in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the American West and Middle West, American Indian history, and cultural history. My dissertation examines Native American use of phonographic and radio technologies between 1890 and 1969, including ethnographic records, commercial records, and radio appearances.
I am also a writer. My first book, Ghost Dances: Proving Up on the Great Plains, was published by Little, Brown in August 2012. My essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in South Dakota History quarterly, the New York Times, the Iowa Review online, High Country News, Lapham's Quarterly online, the Rumpus, dislocate, and other publications. I received a BA from Amherst College in 2002 and an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University in 2009.