Bachelor in History and English, University Montevallo, Alabama, 1994. Master of Arts in History, Utah State University, 1997. Doctor of Philosophy in History, University of California at Los Angeles, 2004.
Teaching assistant department history Utah State University, Logan, 1995—1997, assistant professor, since 2004. Teaching associate department history University of California at Los Angeles, 1999—2001, teaching fellow, 2002—2003. Research associate Autry National Center, Los Angeles, 2003—2004, research assistant, 2001—2003.
Archival intern Buffalo Bill History Center, Cody, Wyoming, 1997.
Member of Western History Association, American Society Environmental History (Rachel Carson prize for best dissertation 2005), American History Association.