I was born and raised in New Orleans. The city’s rich cultural landscape, diversity, and foodways have inspired a life-long fascination with the Big Easy and the Global South. I attended Loyola University New Orleans for my undergraduate studies with a major in History and a minor in English. I completed my graduate studies at Vanderbilt University, receiving a doctoral degree in History in 2003.  The five years spent in Nashville, Tennessee, broadened my appreciation for the musical and culinary legacies of the region. Since then, I have enjoyed the privilege of teaching at Tulane University, Loyola University New Orleans, the University of South Carolina, Texas A&M University, and Queen’s University Belfast.

On a personal note, I am an avid traveler, a decent cook, a mediocre gardener, and a perpetual writer. Most importantly, I’ve been a New Orleans Saints season ticket holder since 2001.