Bachelor magna cum laude, University of Georgia, 1987—1990. Master of Arts, University of Georgia, 1990—1992. Doctor of Philosophy, University of St. Andrews, 1992—1996.
Teaching fellow, course coordinator, lecturer and tutor Department History and School American Studies University Dundee, Scotland, 1996—1998, course coordinator, lecturer and tutor Department History and School American Studies, since 1998, director School American Studies, since 2000. Program director United States of America Study Abroad, since 2001. Associate director administration and undergraduate programs Institute Transatlantic European and American Studies, since 2003.
Consultant Emigration Exhibit Project, New Museum of Scotland, 1998—1999. External academic reviewer National Museum of Scotland, Museum of Scotland International, 2001—2002. Convener Scottish Conference of University and Research Library., North American Studies Group, since 1999.
Co-conference secretary Economic and Social History Society of Scotland, council member. Founding member Scottish Trans-Atlantic Relations Project (STAR). Fellow Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University.
ETL consultant University Edinburgh, 2001—2004. Consultant The National Library Scotland Strategic Review, National Archives (Edinburgh) Scotland, since 2004.
Member Center for Enterprise Management, 2002. Keynote speaker Daughters of the American Revolution International Event, 2002. Guest speaker Scottish Heritage Festival, 2002.
Guest speaker Dundee City Council Education Department Professional Staff Development for teachers, 2001. Various public speaking engagements, conferences, radio and t.v. broadcasts, since 1996. Fellow: Institute Contemporary Scotland.
Member: Institute Learning and Teaching Higher Education United Kingdom, Scottish Association for Study American, Eighteenth Century Scottish Studies Society, Southern History Society, Organization American Historians, Higher Education Academy, Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Lisa Ann Laird, September 8, 1991. Children: Jason Brent, Michael Ray, Joshua Frank.