- BA, University Of Oklahoma Norman Campus
- MA, University Of Minnesota Twin Cities
- PHD, University Of Minnesota Twin Cities
I am a native of Moore, Oklahoma. I became familiar with Geography through Bret Wallach, a cultural geographer with interests in colonialism and the British Empire, as an undergraduate majoring in International Studies at the University of Oklahoma. I continued in that academic lineage working with Rod Squires, a cultural geographer with interests in U.S. public policy and legal studies, as a graduate student at the University of Minnesota. My dissertation project began with a broad interest in the descriptive economic geography of U.S. urban development; an interest that evolved into a more specific focus upon the impact of state property tax policy on local government finances in the Twin Cities during the Great Recession. I currently teach Physical Geography, Human Geography, World Geography, and U.S. Geography.