I have a strong background in oral and public history. I am especially interested in oral history and material/visual culture as it relates to memory and nostalgia. My research looks at how Old West tourism in California reflects and even shapes history and identity in the state. For me, public history means bringing history to the public in easily-digestible but thought-provoking ways. I love the challenge of collaboration and creativity that public history provides, and that it inspires activism and community cohesion in ways that few other fields can.