As a “non-traditional” (older) student, I bring a more focused approach to studies in history, burnished by life experiences than have sometimes intersected with topics taken up in classroom discussion. I have lived through the Martin Luther King, Jr. race riots in Washington, D.C., and was present when the technological revolution which fomented the Information Age began, to name a few examples. This intersectional experience I believe gives me insight into the nuances of some events which my younger peers cannot match.
Senior, American History major, Anthropology minor, University of Houston
Charter President, Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society, (Webb UH Main) University of Houston. (2013-2014)
Advanced Academic studies in U.S. and World History:
Historiography, Dr. Jose A. Hernandez
The Revolutionary War 1775-1783 Dr. James Kirby Martin,
American Revolution, Dr. James Kirby Martin,
Houston History from 1836, Dr. Debbie Z. Harwell (Honors)
Jacksonian America, Dr. Steven Deyle
Civil War to Reconstruction, Dr Steven Deyle
China 1600-Present, Dr. Xiaoping Cong
Modern Middle East, Dr. Dina Alsowayel
Academic publications, papers, and presentations:
Forthcoming, “Defending the Indefensible: Historical Negationism and the Gundementalist Agenda,” in Historical Revisionism, Greenhaven Publishing
“Miscegenation in America from the Antebellum to 2014: Toward A Historiographic Overview” Senior Paper, Historiography, University of Houston, 2017
“Clayton House: Profile of a Home and the Family who Built It” Houston History magazine, 2016. Accompanying video: Clayton House History in Under 2 Minutes.
“Clayton House: A Photo Ethnography” Cultural Anthropology, University of Houston, 2015.
“The Colvin-Burnhardt Educational Attainments of Four Generations: An Auto-ethnography” Cultural Anthropology, University of Houston, 2014
“Virginia Joins the Revolution: A Reconsideration.” Senior paper, American Revolution, University of Houston, 2014.
Oral History, Susan Clayton Garwood, Center for Public History, Houston, 2013.
“Go West! A profile of Virginia brothers and Texas settlers, Richard Howison Colvin (1840-1933) & George Washington Colvin (1842-1905) and their descendants,“Texas History, Houston Community College, 2010.
Genealogical work and non-academic publishing.
Some extant original genealogical work published by other websites can be found here: https://web.archive.org/web/20110717074834/http://academyhill.topcities.com/headmasters/page4.html
Genealogical client work references and reports available upon request.
Non-academic publishing resume available here: http://www.writers.net/writers/15301
Paid and Unpaid Volunteer work:
Contract Judge, UIL, HUDL tournaments, Houston Independent School District, Houston Urban Debate League, Fall 2016-present
Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar, Harris County, Texas, Dep. No. 193391 (exp. 12/31/16)
Docent, Houston Museum of Natural Science. (2014-2015)
Current and former memberships: (2005-present)
- Member, Virginia Genealogical Society, 2013
- Student Member, Southern Historical Association, 2012
- Associate member, American Historical Association (2011-2012)
- Associate researcher, Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research (2005-present)