After 15 years of historic restoration in tile and stone work, I returned to get my MA in US History in 2009 at Western Carolina University, focusing on Cherokee studies and Native American preachers. At UGA, as a student of Claudio Saunt, I have expanded my research to include the Carribean. I also work in hymnody and ethnomusicology advised by Jean Ngoya Kidula. I focus on multi-ethnic mission communities that included Indians, slaves, runaway slaves, and German and English-speaking missionaries, exploring the ways Christian ideologies were translated into functional community practices and stable transnational identities during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
MA, Western Carolina University, US History and Cherokee Studies 2012