About

Rural Field in Mississippi County, MO

Mississippi County, MO

I’m a historian, digital humanist, and former librarian and archivist with a passion for making the past accessible.  Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Humanities Institute at Penn State University, where I am working on a book manuscript about Black freedom struggles and the politics of place in the Missouri Delta (Bootheel).

My research and teaching interests include Black community building and social movements, oral and public history, rural history and geography, race, environmental history, and digital humanities.

The image on this page was taken near Pinhook, Missouri, an African American community in Mississippi County that was displaced in 2011 when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers breached the Mississippi River levee and activated the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway.  The image is representative of the flat delta landscape of Scott, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Dunklin, and Stoddard Counties.  If you have any stories to share about this region, feel free to contact me.