Research

I specialize in research using primary sources, especially newspaper articles, with a focus on 19th-20th century U.S. history.


“Archaeology and the Press: Following Newspaper Coverage of the Angel Mounds Historic Site,” Jan.–May 2019

A project about newspaper coverage of the 1938-39 purchase of what would later become the Angel Mounds State Historic Site near Evansville, IN. In addition to presenting my findings at the Midwestern History Conference in Grand Rapids, MI (May 2019), I created a finding aid for future researchers using the archive at the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology in Bloomington, IN.

“The P.U.N. Report,” Jan.–Sept. 2019

A weekly satirical news podcast that nearly made it a whole year before reality caught up to me. Each week contained a page of links to sources used. Episodes averaged about 10 minutes.

“‘A ‘Nobody’ with a Sword and Shield’: The Rise of ‘Dungeons & Dragons,’” Jan.–May 2019

A project investigating the history of ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ and its rise to pop culture infamy. Under the guidance of a faculty advisor, I worked with newspaper articles; spoke with current and former gamers and game designers; and interviewed contributors and editors of game zines from the height of wargames’ popularity.

“Fatality!: ‘Mortal Kombat’ Goes to Congress,” Aug.–Dec. 2018

A project chronicling the 1993 congressional hearings regarding violence in video games. I did a wide-ranging study using sources from newspaper articles to Senate testimony, to scientific studies on the physiological effect of video games. In April 2019, I presented my findings to a group of fellow scholars.