Some Links

My Faculty Page at UTPB

The First Year Experience at UTPB (which I organize)

The Permian Historical Society (which I am president of)

The Louisiana Historical Society (I am the book review editor for their journal)

AVID (I am the AVID for Higher Ed Liaison for UTPB)

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I was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania.  While living in the wilds of northwestern Pennsylvania I learned the true meaning of the words “lake effect” while gaining a lifetime love of reading during the long winters of the region.  I earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Pennsylvania State University – the Behrend College in 2000 and a second Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the same institution in 2001.  I received my Master of Arts in Social Science at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2007 and earned my Doctor of Philosophy from Louisiana State University in August 2014.  I currently lives with my wife Melissa and our three cats, Bailey, Brandy, and Velvet in Odessa, Texas as a Assistant Professor of History at University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

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