As a scholar of African diaspora history, southern U.S. history, and public history, my research and practice focus on the histories of race, religion, and social change in the United States; issues of equity and sustainability in rural and urban planning; heritage tourism, historical memory, and the intersection of cultural and environmental stewardship; and the empowerment of young people and historically disadvantaged communities.

My current projects underway or in the planning stages include a documentary biography of the late young South Carolina Baha'i and Black Lives Matter activist Muhiyidin Moye; the second volume of my full-length study of the Baha'i Faith in South Carolina; a volume of selected writings of Louis G. Gregory; and a student- and community-led multi-year project on the history and archaeology of the Francis Marion University campus and surrounding neighborhood.


I am the author of two monographs and co-author of a number of public history reports, site studies, and exhibits. Here are some highlights:

Author, A History of the Baha'i Faith in South Carolina (2019)
Contributor, The Baha'i Faith and African American History (2018)
Consulting historian, The Green Book of South Carolina (2017)
Consulting historian, Louis G. Gregory Baha'i Museum (2017)
Principal researcher & author, Francis Marion Trail Commission Driving Tour (2011)
Author, No Jim Crow Church: The Origins of South Carolina's Baha'i Community (2015)
Co-author, Florence C. Benson Elementary School Nomination (2009)
Principal researcher & author, proposed West End Mill Village interpretive trail (2006)
Co-author, The Camden African American Heritage Project (2006)

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