I am a historian based in Cleveland, Ohio. I am a Professor of History and the Director of the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University, where I teach courses on 20th-century United States, public, and urban history. A native of Gainesville, Georgia, I earned my Ph.D. in History in 2002 from Tulane University in New Orleans, M.A. in History in 1996 from the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia, and B.A. in History in 1994 from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.
I am the author or editor of three books, including New Orleans on Parade: Tourism and the Transformation of the Crescent City (LSU Press, 2006), American Tourism: Constructing a National Tradition, co-edited with Nicholas Dagen Bloom (Center for American Places, 2012), and Believing in Cleveland: Managing Decline in “The Best Location in the Nation” (Temple University Press, 2017). My current book project is titled Sandhill Cities: Metropolitan Ambitions on Georgia’s Fall Line. I have also written a number of articles and essays and have directed three National Endowment for the Humanities digital humanities grants since 2014. In addition, I direct a range of digital public history projects, notably Cleveland Historical, Cleveland Voices, and Green Book Cleveland, and development of two digital tools, Curatescape and PlacePress.
When I am not doing history, I am an active instrumental musician. I am an alumnus of the Furman University Bands, including the marching and symphonic bands, and have played trumpet in the University Heights Symphonic Band since 2012.
I live with my wife and daughter (and two cats) in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.