- Ph.D., history, Western Michigan University, 2002
- M.A., history, Andrews University, 1993
- B.A., history and English, Newbold College, Berkshire, England, 1987
Principal Research Interests
I have three intersecting areas of specialty: diplomatic history, American Indian cultural history, and environmental history. What do these three subjects have in common? The most simple answer is: water.
I grew up near the Tennessee River and have always felt a strong connection to water. As I researched my Ph.D. dissertation on U.S.-Middle East relations during the Kennedy administration, I examined the conflict over dividing the waters of the Jordan River in Palestine. Later, after moving to a position at Arizona State University, I shifted my research focus to water in the American Southwest, where I studied the environmental history of the Colorado River, and American Indian history of the West in connection to water and environment.
- Environmental history
- Colorado River
- American Indian cultural history
- U.S.-Middle East Relations/Jordan River
- Rivers and water history
- Teacher of the Year, Andrews University, 1999-2000
- Advisor of the Year, Andrews University, 2000-2001
- Book: Contested Waters: an Environmental History of the Colorado River. University Press of Colorado, 2013.
- Book: Sequoyah and the Invention of the Cherokee Alphabet. Greenwood Press, 2013.
- Book: Sacagawea: A Biography. Greenwood Press, 2008.
- Book: John F. Kennedy and U.S.-Middle East Relations: A History of Foreign Policy in the 1960s. Edwin Mellen Press, 2008.