Bachelor in History and History of Culture, University Wisconsin, Madison, 1989. Master of Arts in History, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1992. Doctor of Philosophy in History, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1997.
Project director, editor Wisconsin Arts Board, Madison, 1977—1978. Project director, research historian Alma History Society, 1979—1980. Executive director Buffalo County History Society, 1981—1983.
Researcher Amer Image Research Services, Ithaca, 1986—1993. Researcher, production assistant WHA-television, Madison, 1987—1989. Assistant professor history Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, 1996—2003, associate professor history, since 2003.
Consultant Allee King Rosen and Fleming, Incorporated, New York York City, 2001.
Iconographic collections aide State History Society Wisconsin. Member of American Association of University Professors, Society for Utopian Studies, Communal Studies Association, National Council on Public History, Organization American Historians, American Studies Association, American History Association, American Associate for State & Local History, Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Eleanor Sue Johnson, October 18, 1980. 1 child Gwendolyn Meridel.