My most recent research includes:

“Forsaken Graves,” New York Archives 13, 3 (Winter 2014): 10-14.

Memories of War: Visiting Battlegrounds and Bonefields in the Early American Republic. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, October 16, 2012. It is available in both hardcover and e-book versions from Cornell University Press, bookstores, and sites like

"The Rise of Environmental Tourism,” in “Environmental Histories of the Mid-Atlantic," Special Issue, Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies, 79, 4 (Fall 2012): 357-365.

"Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad, and the Bridges at Niagara Falls," Afro-Americans in New York History and Life 36, (January 2012): 34-63. Co-authored with William H. Siener.

"'A Soldier of the Revolution':: Or, Will the Real Isaac Rice Please Stand Up," Prologue: Quarterly of the National Archives and Records Administration 42, 3 (Fall 2010): 34-41.


Public History Work

Niagara Falls National Heritage Area Commission, appointed by Rep. Louise Slaughter, 2009-present. Elected Chairman February 2011.

Paths Through History Governor's History Advisory Panel, April 2012-2014; Western New York Regional Working Group, June 2012-2014.

History Consultant, "Visual and Literary Aspects of 19th Century Niagara Tourism: Book Arts and the Picturesque" Exhibition, Castellani Art Museum, Niagara University, June 2011-February 2013.

Conference Co-Organizer, "Contests for Continents: The Seven Years' War in Global Perspective,” October 22-24, 2009. Sponsored by the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture, Niagara University, and Brock University. Held in conjunction with the 250th Anniversary Commemoration of the Siege of Fort Niagara.

Grants and Fellowships

Speakers in the Humanities, War of 1812 Commemorative Series, New York Council for the Humanities, 2011-2014.

Project Director, "Crossroads of Empire: Cultural Exchange and Imperial Rivalry at Old Fort Niagara." National Endowment for the Humanities, Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for School Teachers. Application in conjunction with Old Fort Niagara. Funded for July 2011, 2009 and 2006.

Gilder Lehrman Fellowship, John D. Rockefeller Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 2010.

Mellon Research Fellowship, Virginia Historical Society, 2009-2010.