B.A. in History and Political Science, the University of Arkansas; M.A. in History, Ph.D. in History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Expertise & Research Interests
- Historical Study of the Hospitality Industry
- Development of 20th Century Hotel Chains
- Biographical Study of Conrad N. Hilton
- History of Hotels
More than 15 years of experience as an archivist and historian, including positions at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and the Dolph Briscoe Center at The University of Texas at Austin; taught history at McKendree University and served as the college archivist; worked on the Houston Oral History Project, a joint program with the city of Houston and the University of Houston; joined the Hilton College faculty as archivist and historian in 2008; consulted on historical hospitality inquiries for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, McLean's and other publications requesting information on hospitality; worked with producers of AMC's "Mad Men" to provide biographical information on Conrad N. Hilton for the series.