M.A., Anthropology and Folklore, University of Texas, Austin B.A., English, Gustavus Adolphus College
American maritime history and traditions; fisheries history; maritime occupations and communities; maritime material culture; boats and boatbuilding; American food and wine history; oral history and folklife documentation; public history.
- Project Director and Curator for the exhibition, FOOD: Transforming the American Table, 1950-2000 (opening 2012).
- Member of the American Food and Wine History Project team.
- Co-organizer of the 2011 meetings of the International Congress of Maritime Museums, held at the Smithsonian Institution and The Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Virginia.
- Project Director and Curator for the permanent exhibition, On the Water: Stories from Maritime America (opened May 2009).
- Member of the curatorial team for the permanent exhibition and Web site, America on the Move, (opened November 2003).
- Member of the team that documented and collected Julia Child's kitchen from her Cambridge, Massachusetts, home, in 2001. Co-curated both exhibitions and Web sites resulting from this collection: Bon Appetit! Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian and What's Cooking?.
- Star-Spangled Banner Project curatorial team, 1998–2001.
- Principal researcher for Design Innovation in the Pacific Salmon Fishery: Documentation of the Troller NORA for the National Watercraft Collection, 1997-2000.
- Curatorial Committee, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Maryland
- National Council on Public History
- American Association of Museums
- Council of American Maritime Museums
- International Congress of Maritime Museums, Executive Board