2013    Ph.D., Department of History, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

2008    M.A.. Department of History, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2006    B.A. in History and Philosophy, (Magna Cum Laude) University of Kansas


2014-2016       Visiting Assistant Professor, Hollins University

2013-2014       Lecturer, Carolina Courses Online, UNC-Chapel Hill

2012-2014       Lecturer, History Department, UNC-Chapel Hill 



The Politics of Abortion and the Rise of the New Right, 1960 to 2000. (In progress)

Journal Articles


“The Untold History behind the 1991 Summer of Mercy,” forthcoming in Kansas    History: Journal of the Central Plains, Winter 2017 (Manhattan: Kansas State University Press).


“The Edelin Manslaughter Trial and the Anti-Abortion Movement,” Summer 2018 in Massachusetts Historical Review, (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society).


“The First Anti-Abortion Swing Vote: The Bob Dole and Bill Roy Senate Campaign in Kansas, 1974,” under review at Great Plains Quarterly, (Lincoln: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Press).

Under Review

“The Right to Life Revolution of 1976: Dr. Mildred Jefferson and the campaign to cut federal Medicaid funding of Abortion,” under review at The Journal of Policy History (Tempe: Arizona State University Press).



“The Contemporary Pro-Life Movement,” The American Yawp: A Free and Online, Collaboratively Built American History Textbook, <www.americanyawp.com>


2007-2011       Graduate Research Assistant, UNC Southern Oral History Program

2006                Summer Intern, Robert J. Dole Archives.


2013                UNC Dissertation Impact Award, UNC-CH Graduate School

2012-13           Doris. G. Quinn Dissertation Fellow

2011-12           AAUW American Dissertation Completion Fellowship

2011                Gerald Ford Presidential Library Travel Grant

2011                Oral History Research Grant, Center for the Study of the American South, UNC

2011                Graduate Research Fellowship in Sexuality Studies, UNC-CH

2010                Graduate School Off Campus Research Fellowship, UNC-CH

2010                Schlesinger Oral History Grant, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

2010                Sophia Smith Travel-to-Collections Grant, Smith College

2010                Center for the Study of the American South Summer Research Grant

2010                Robert J. Dole Research Grant, University of Kansas

2009                Schlesinger Dissertation Research Grant, Radcliffe Institute

2009                Mowry Dissertation Research Grant, History Department, UNC-CH

2006-07         Graduate School Merit Assistantship, UNC-CH

2006                Kate Stephens Fellowship Award for Graduate Study, Honors Program, KU


Papers Presented

2014    “‘Trying to Pick Up the Pieces’: Strategy Divisions over Fetal Personhood and the Drive for a Constitutional Amendment in the Aftermath of Roe v Wade.” Organization of American Historians Annual Conference

2012   “Abortion Costs: The role of Race and Welfare in Anti-Abortion Rhetoric and Strategy,

1967-1977.” Organization of American Historians Annual Conference

2011    “Abortion Costs: Race and Welfare and the Political Struggle for Accessible Abortions,

1974-1976.” Southern History Association Annual Conference

2011    “Outside the Gates: Anti-abortion activism in Wichita leading to the Summer of Mercy, 1980-1991.” Berkshire Conference of Women’s Historians

2010    “Abortion Costs: Race and Welfare in the Struggle for Accessible Abortion, N.C., 1967”

National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, 2010

2008    “Abortion on Trial: Race and Class in the Edelin Manslaughter Case, 1973-1975.” New

Perspectives in African American History and Culture Conference, UNC-CH, 2008 

Roundtable Participant

2011    “Breaking Barriers, Making History:” UNC Roundtable on Women in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2011.

Invited Talks

2015    “Mildred Jefferson and the Right to Life Revolution,” Boston Seminar on Women’s and Gender History, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Campus and Departmental Talks

2010    “Abortion and Slavery: The Pro-Life Movement’s Political Use of Abolitionism,” Tell About the South, Center for the Study of the American South, UNC-CH



Graduate Research Consultant for “Rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement,” UNC English Department


Teaching Assistant, History Department, UNC-Chapel Hill


Graduate Independent Studies

U.S. Women’s History (Fall 2015, Spring 2016)

Undergraduate Courses

U.S. History Survey to 1865 (Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Fall 2015)

U.S. History Survey since 1865 (Summer 2011, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016)

U.S. History Post 1945 (Fall 2015)

History of the New South (Spring 2016)

History of American Business (Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Summer 2014)

Introduction to Global Environmental History (Spring 2016)

Introduction to Public History (January 2015)

U.S. Women’s & Gender History to 1865 (Fall 2014)

U.S. Women’s & Gender History since 1865 (Summer 2013, Spring 2015)

History of U.S. Social Movements (Spring 2015)

The American Revolution (Spring 2016)


Senior Thesis Chair: Ashley Farrer and Laura Popovich


2014-2016       Hollins Faculty Learning Community in Digital Technology

2010                UNC-CH Safe Zone Ally Program Certified

2010                Duke-UNC-CH Haven Program Certified


2011-12           Conference Organizer, Graduate Student Workshop in Transatlantic Historical

Approaches, University of North Carolina and King’s College, London

2007-2010       Graduate Coordinator, Triangle Working Group in Feminism and History


2012                Lecture, “The Politics of Abortion and the Rise of the New Right,” Chapel Hill and Durham chapter of American Association of University Women

2010                Lecturer, Gerda Lehrman Summer Institute for teachers, Duke University


American Historical Association

Organization of American Historians

National Women’s Studies Association

Southern Historical Association

Phi Alpha Theta