Promotion and Tenure 2-Year Review

The following is a summary of work completed from August 2017-present during my time at the University of Kentucky. You will find links to all of my work -- research, teaching, and service -- below.

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ResearcH 2017-PRESENT

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Kentucky, my work primarily addressed issues of environmental justice as it pertains to Native Americans and Native Alaskans in the United States. My research has continued to address these issues as is reflected though writings on indigenous displacement in the creation of national parks and protected areas, local laws protecting vulnerable communities from distributional disparities, environmental reporting requirements and human rights, tribal environmental law cases, and through the submission of a NIST grant on disaster response. 

Since 2017, however, my work has expanded to include issues of social and economic justice. This has included conference papers and presentations on advocacy for contested heritage site protection, civil rights and social justice arguments surrounding monuments and memorialization, increasing diversity in federal preservation, and research grants submitted on the benefits of utilizing historic preservation for affordable housing. 

During my tenure at UK, I have applied for external funding through several grants, have published in journals and professional legal publications, and have contributed to two books (one still in publication). Additionally, I have presented at conferences and symposia relating to planning, history, and Appalachian studies.


My service, both professional and university, have related to my interests in social, environmental, and economic justice. 

As a member of the Provost's Faculty Sustainability Council I have worked with colleagues to move towards the creation of a Graduate Certificate in Sustainability, researching other programs and drafting a program proposal. 

My work with the American Bar Association has been ongoing for nearly a decade. As a Chair of the Environmental Justice Committee I have overseen the creation of educational programming, I continue to serve in an editorial capacity for the Water Resources Committee and the International Animal Law Committee, and on the Editorial Board for the ABA's publication Human Rights. 

I have also been appointed to the editorial board of Preservation Education and Research, have served as a reviewer for the journal Environmental Justice, and have worked with members of the Lexington community in relation to monuments


I have been teaching Historic Preservation Law since 2010 when I first taught it at as adjunct at Cornell University and have been teaching the course at the University of Kentucky since 2013. Since arriving at the University of Kentucky, I teach department-required courses including Introduction to Historic Preservation and Historic Preservation Planning as well as an elective addressing the ethics and evolution of preservation practice called Rethinking Preservation. These courses have been taught in both live and online formats. 

Students in my courses are exposed to a broad definition of historic preservation -- one that reaches far beyond the built environment. They learn about issues such as intangible cultural heritage, public archaeology, sustainable development, and social justice in order to understand the reach of preservation practice as well as the potential for careers outside of traditional preservation. 

Students are expected to complete a number of extensive research and writing assignments, to interact with colleagues, to complete applied projects, and to work in service their community (both through projects and by watching preservation in action). 

In addition to my course efforts, I also serve on a number of Masters Project Committees. Students for whom I serve as chair are working on issues of affordable housing and the preservation of difficult history, each areas related to my own research.