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As a faculty member in U.Va.’s School of Architecture, I am exploring the use of visualization technologies for collaborative research and teaching and working on several pilot projects through the Sara Shallenberger Brown Cultural Landscapes and Sites Initiative Endowed Fund (The Brown Initiative).

Current Focus

I am interested in African American property ownership as part of a larger project on 18th, 19th, and 20th century Virginians and their ideologies of race, region, and nation. I am also teaching digital history seminars and a study abroad course that address issues of race and slavery in a trans-Atlantic context.

Future Goals

I am looking to apply geo-spatial visualization technologies to my ongoing research on African American property ownership.


For nine years prior to my appointment as director of the Virginia Center for Digital History in 2006, I served as assistant/associate/interim director of U.Va.’s Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies.


My research focuses on 18th, 19th, and 20th century Virginians and their peculiar ideologies of race, region, and nation.

Scholarly Disciplines
African American history and culture (2), Digital Humanities (5), History (5)
General Interests
African-American and African Studies (2), Digital Humanities (5), History (9)
Time Periods of Interest
18th Century (1), 19th Century (7), 20th Century (8)
Places of Interest
Atlantic World (1), Ghana (1), US South (2), United States (10), Virginia (3), West Africa (1)
Technologies of Interest
Application of new media to history (1)


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Remembering Nat Turner: The Rebellious Slave in American Thought (Houghton Mifflin, 2004) Booker T. Washington Elementary School and Segregated Education in Virginia (with Craig Barton and Peter Flora), Historic Resource Study, Booker T. Washington National Monument. Washington, D.C.: National Park Service, Department of the Interior, June 2007 Review of Kathleen Ann Clark, Defining Moments: African American Commemoration and Political Culture in the South, 1863–1913 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005) in Journal of American History (December 2006) Review of Anthony S. Parent, Foul Means: The Formation of a Slave Society in Virginia, 1660-1740 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003) in Journal of Social History (Summer 2006) “Mau-Mauing the Filmmakers: Should Black Power Take the Rap for Killing ‘Nat Turner,’ the Movie?” in Media, Culture, and the Modern African American Freedom Struggle, ed. Brian Ward (University Press of Florida, July 2001) “What is Social Memory?” Southern Cultures (Fall 1995), a refereed journal published by the Duke University Press in conjunction with the University of North Carolina’s Center for the Study of the American South “The Strange Career of Thomas Jefferson: Race and Slavery in American Memory, 1943-1993,” (with Edward L. Ayers) in Peter S. Onuf, ed., Jeffersonian Legacies (University Press of Virginia, 1993)


Jefferson’s Travels Jefferson’s Travels to England Jefferson’s Travels to Poplar Forest Virtual Vinegar Hill J-Term Study Abroad in Cape Coast, Ghana 2009 J-Term Study Abroad in Cape Coast, Ghana 2008



  • Director/Associate Professor, Virginia Center for Digital History


  • Ph.D., University of Virginia (2000)
  • M.A., University of Virginia (1990)
  • B.A., Syracuse University (1980)


  • Organization of American Historians


I specialize in African-American/19th C. United States history and the application of new technologies to the teaching and learning of history.

Mailing Address

Virginia Center for Digital History

P.O. Box 400116







Direct Contact

Office Phone: 434-924-3804

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