Associate Professor, Department of History, Miami University Hamilton, Hamilton, OH, 2015-Present
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Miami University Hamilton, Hamilton, OH, 2009-2015
Co-Director, NEH Landmarks in American Culture and History, “Demon Times: Temperance, Immigration, and Progressivism in an American City,” 2016
Academic Director, U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History Grant, “Hometown American History: As Goes Ohio, so Goes the Nation,” Miami University Hamilton, 2010-2014
Instructor, Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2006-2009
Ph.D., History, 2009, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
M.A., History, 2002, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
M.A., History, 2001, Miami University, Oxford, OH
B.A., History, 1999, with honors, Kent State University, Kent, OH
Cornering the Market: Independent Grocers and Innovation in American Small Business, 1860-1940 (Oxford University Press, 2016)
“Trust Brokers: Traveling Grocery Salesmen and Confidence in Nineteenth-Century Trade,” Enterprise & Society, vol. 13, no. 2 (June 2012): 276-312.
“All the Comforts of Home: The Domestication of the Service Station Industry, 1920-1940,” Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 37, no. 3 (2004): 463-77.
The Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business, by Marc Levinson. In Business History Review, vol. 86, no 3 (forthcoming, Autumn 2013).
The Man Everybody Knew: Bruce Barton and the Making of Modern America, by Richard M. Fried. In Business History Review, vol. 80, no. 3 (Autumn 2006): 564-66.
Boosters, Hustlers, and Speculators: Entrepreneurial Culture and the Rise of Minneapolis and St. Paul, 1849-1883, by Jocelyn Wills. In Journal of Social History 39.2 (2005): 570-72.
Montgomery in the Good War: Portrait of a Southern City, 1939-1946, by Wesley Phillips Newton. In The Georgia Historical Quarterly 85 (Summer 2001): 158-59.
Biographical essay (8,000 words). “Andrew Schoch,” in Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720 to the Present, vol. 2, edited by William J. Hausman. German Historical Institute. Last modified December 21, 2012. http://www.immigrantentrepreneurship.org/entry.php?rec=135
Encyclopedia Entries. Authored entries on “Grocery Stores,” “Service Stations,” and “Supermarkets” in Material Culture in America: Understanding Everyday Life, Shirley Wajda and Helen Sheumaker, eds., ABC-CLIO, 2007.
Associate Editor, with Allan M. Winkler. Encyclopedia of American History, Postwar 1946-1968, Vol. 9, under the general editorship of Gary B. Nash, Facts on File, Inc., 2003.
SCHOLARSHIP IN PROGRESS
Book-length project. Go-Getters!: Ambition and the American Business traveler, from the Steamboat to the Frequent Flyer
FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship. American Historical Association and Library of Congress, 2011-12
Altman Faculty Scholar. Miami University Humanities Center, 2011-12
Faculty Research Fund Grant. Department of History, Miami University, 2010
Hamilton Campus Faculty Research Grant. Miami University, 2010
Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellowship. National Museum of American History, 2007
Alfred D. Chandler, Jr. Travel Grant. Business History Conference, 2007
Graduate Small Project Help (GuSH) Grant. Carnegie Mellon University, 2004, 2007
Alfred D. Chandler, Jr. Traveling Fellowship in Business History. Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, 2006
Russel B. Nye Award for Best Article published in Journal of Popular Culture, 2005
Littleton-Griswold Grant for Research in Legal History. American Historical Association, 2005
New England Regional Fellowship Consortium Grant. Massachusetts Historical Society, 2005-2006
Center for AfricanAmerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE) Fellow. Teaching American History Summer Institute, “Immigration and Migration in Twentieth Century America.” Carnegie Mellon University, 2002, 2003, 2004
SELECTED CONFERENCE PAPERS & PRESENTATIONS
Business History Conference Annual Meeting, presented paper, “Go-Getters!: Ambition and the American Business Traveler,” Miami, Florida, June 27, 2015.
Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), presented paper, “Technology Adoption from the Bottom Up: The Case of the Cash Register,” Dearborn, Mich., November 8, 2014.
Society for U.S. Intellectual History, participant, “Thinking about Business: A Roundtable on American Intellectual and Economic History,” Indianapolis, Ind., October 11, 2014.
J. Franklin Jameson Lecture, Library of Congress, John W. Kluge Center, “Cooperation in Black and White: Innovative Alliances in the Retail Grocery Trade,” Washington, D.C., May 3, 2012.
Organization of American Historians, presented paper, “Traveling Salesmen and Brokering Trust in the Nineteenth-Century Grocery Trade,” and organized panel, “Frontiers of Trust: Confidence Building in American Business and Technology,” Milwaukee, Wis., April 19, 2012.
American Historical Association, presented paper, “Breaking the Chains?: How Government Regulation Undermined Localism in the Retail Grocery Trade, 1920-1950,” Boston, Mass., January 7, 2011.
American Studies Association, presented paper, “Trust Brokers: Traveling Grocery Salesmen and Negotiating Confidence in Nineteenth-Century Trade,” and organized panel, “Chains of Trust: Creating Confidence in American Business and Technology,” San Antonio, Texas, November 19, 2010.
Business History Conference Annual Meeting, presented paper, The “Go-Ahead” Independent: Rethinking the Nineteenth-Century Origins of Twentieth-Century Grocery Retailing,” Athens, Georgia, March 26, 2010.
Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), presented paper, “The ‘Keys’ to Modern Retailing: How Small Businessmen Made the Cash Register a Fixture in Every Store,” Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 16, 2009.
Business History Conference Annual Meeting, presented paper, “I would not be without this machine”: Cash Registers in the Corner Grocery Store, 1885-1910,” Cleveland, Ohio, June 1, 2007.
Organization of American Historians, presented paper, “Schooling the Shopper: ‘Corner’ Grocery Stores and the Making of Modern Consumers, 1880-1920,” and organized panel, “Designed to Sell: Grocery Stores, Customers, and the Rise of Self-Service, 1880-1960,” Minneapolis, Minn., March 29, 2007.
Smithsonian Institution, presented paper, “Get a Receipt!: How a Little Slip of Paper Modernized Grocers and Customers, 1879-1925,” National Museum of American History Colloquium Series, Washington, D.C., March 13, 2007.
INVITED TALKS AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
Michael J. Colligan History Project Series, invited talk, “Business and Ordinary Life in the 1920s and 1930s,” Miami University Downtown, February 24, 2015.
Institute for Learning in Retirement, Miami University, invited talk, “Mr. Edison and His Talking Machine: How the Phonograph Brought Music to the Masses,” October 14, 2013.
Hamilton High School, invited talk, “Downtown Hamilton and Civic Engagement Walking Tour,” September 23, 2013.
Teaching American History, Miami University Oxford, invited talk, “Downtown Hamilton: Reading Urban Landscapes Walking Tour,” August 1, 2013.
Creative Learning Factory, Ohio Historical Society, invited talk, “Industrialization and Domestic Life in Ohio and the Nation,” July 24, 2013.
Institute for Learning in Retirement, Miami University, invited talk, “Pilfering Bartenders and Sticky-Fingered Clerks: The Cash Register’s Local History,” March 12, 2012.
Egghead Café, Miami University Downtown, presentation, “The Corner Grocery Store: Past and Present,” April 29, 2011.
Egghead Café, Miami University Downtown, presentation, “Ka-Ching! The Cash Register from Saloons to Store Counters,” September 14, 2010.
Teaching American History, Miami University Hamilton, invited talk, “Over the Rhine and through the Woods: Germans and Jews in Cincinnati History,” July 13, 2010.
Alumni Teaching Scholar, Miami University, 2011-12
Graduate Student Teaching Award. Carnegie Mellon University, 2008
Goldman Award for Teaching Excellence (co-winner). Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University, 2008
Miami University, 2009-present
Survey of American History I, Contact to 1877
Survey of American History II, 1877 to Present
American Business History
U.S. Consumerism, 1890-Present
United States from Progressive Era to Great Depression
Introduction to Historical Inquiry (Methods)
Carnegie Mellon University, 2001-2009 (Teaching Assistant and Instructor)
Introduction to World History
Development of American Culture
Development of European Culture
Roots of Rock and Roll
American Consumer Culture
American Historical Association
Organization of American Historians
Business History Conference
Society for the History of Technology
American Studies Association