Assistant Professor
Ohio University School of Art & Design
(August 2015 – )

Assistant Professor
University of Southern Mississippi Department of Art & Design
(August 2012 – May 2015)

Visiting Assistant Professor
University of Florida School of Art & Art History
(August 2010 – May 2011)


PhD / Design history, theory, + criticism
Arizona State University (May 2010)
Dissertation: “Reading Maps, Writing Landscapes: Cartographic Illustration in Arizona, 1912-1962”

MFA / Graphic design
University of Florida (May 2006)
Thesis project: “Near Here: Locating History in St. Augustine’s Tourist Landscapes”

BFA / Graphic design
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga (May 2003)
Honors thesis: “Typography, Transparency, and Deconstruction”


Mapping Wonderlands: Illustrated Cartography of Arizona, 1912 to 1962
University of Arizona Press (Fall 2013)

“The British Isles for Boys and Girls: Gendered Geographies in Late Nineteenth Century Travelogues for American Youth” in Literary Tourism and the British Isles: History, Imagination, and the Politics of Place edited by LuAnn McCracken Fletcher
(Lexington Books, 2018)


“How to See Japan: Japan Tourist Bureau Guidebook Images for Interwar Anglophone Tourists”
Journal of Design History (forthcoming)

“Visualizing Eco-dystopia”
Design & Culture (October 2018)

“Beautiful Geography: The Pictorial Maps of Ruth Taylor White”
Imago Mundi (July 2017)

“Doctoral Education in (Graphic) Design”
Dialectic (inaugural issue, 2017)

“The Role of Visible Language in Building and Critiquing a Canon of Graphic Design History”
Visible Language (December 2016)

“Posters for Public Health”
Journal of Communication Design (July 2016)

“Moving Beyond ‘Just Making Things’: Design History in the Studio and the Survey Classroom”
Visible Language (December 2013)

“George Avey, Arizona Highways, and Popular Cartography,”
Journal of Arizona History (October 2011)

“Czech Book Covers of the 1920s and 1930s”
Smithsonian Institution Digital Library Feature Selection
(Fall 2004, with head librarian Stephen Van Dyk) / link to article


2017 Design Incubation Fellowship
Design Incubation (2017 fellowship residency at St. John’s University, Manhattan)

2015 Cary Fellowship
Rochester Institute of Technology, Cary Graphic Arts Collection

2014 Summer Grant for Improvement & Development of Instruction
University of Southern Mississippi Office of the Provost

2013 Southwest Book of the Year
Mapping Wonderlands (University of Arizona Press)  named a 2013 Southwest Book of the Year by the Arizona Historical Society and Pima County Library

Graduate College Dissertation Fellowship
Arizona State University (2009-10)


Mapping Grand Canyon Conference
Keynote address, “Cartoon Maps of Canyonland”
February 2019 (forthcoming), Arizona State University

Decipher: AIGA Design Educators Conference
September 2018, University of Michigan
“Teaching Designers to Write” session co-chair with Gaby Hernandez

Design History Society Conference
September 2017, Oslo, Norway
“Imaging Popular Eco-dystopias”

College Art Association Annual Conference
February 2017, New York City
Session chair: “Teaching Design History through Making”
Session discussant: “Art History for Studio Art and Graphic Design Students”
Paper: “How to See Japan”

College Art Association Annual Conference
February 2016, Washington DC
“Posters for Public Health”

Design History Society Conference
September 2015, San Francisco, California
“The World United: Picturing Intercontinental Air Travel, 1927-52”

Southeastern College Arts Conference
October 2014, Sarasota, Florida
Session chair: “Design Educators as Principal Investigators”

Design History Society Conference
September 2014, Oxford, England
“Conflicting Views: Print Propaganda Depicting Tourism in a Landscape of War”

Connecting Dots: AIGA Design Educators Conference
March 2014, Cincinatti, Ohio
“Design and the Doctorate: A Call for Participation in the Disciplinary Discussion Surrounding Doctoral Education in Design”

Southeastern College Arts Conference
October 2013, University of North Carolina Greensboro
“Relevant Histories: Connecting the Past to Contemporary Practice in the Undergraduate Design History Classroom”

Head, Heart, Hand: AIGA National Conference / Design Educators Pre-conference
October 2013, Minneapolis, Minnesota
“How to Wrap Your Head around the Question of Relative Merit: Teaching Students to Evaluate Their Design Solutions”

Blunt: AIGA Design Educators Conference
April 2013, Old Dominion University
“I Just Want to Make Things: Defining the Problem – What Is the Role of Design History in Graphic Design Education?”

Popular Culture / American Culture Association Conference
March 2013, Washington DC
“Gendered Geographies: Geographical Illustration in 19th Century Travel Literature for Children”

National Endowment for the Humanities / Arizona Humanities Council Road Scholar
2010-2012 program years, throughout Arizona
Public educational programming in the humanities, topics related to visual culture and tourism

Popular Culture / American Culture Association Conference
April 2011, San Antonio, Texas
“Gay Geographies: American Cartographs, 1920-1950”

Arizona / Nevada History Convention
April 2010, Laughlin, Nevada
“George Avey, Arizona Highways, and Popular Cartography”
Winner of the Bufkin Award for research in cartography

Florida Historical Society Annual Conference
May 22-24, 2008, Sarasota, Florida
“The Development of Tourism Maps in St. Augustine, Florida”
Winner of the Chapin Award for Young Scholars