Research and Publications

During my time in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at the University of New Orleans, I threw myself into several research projects, mostly in the areas of New Orleans history and American cultural history. When I completed my MFA in 2012, I immediately entered UNO’s Master of History program on the public history track, writing my thesis on the Late Victorian bicycle club culture of New Orleans.

Thesis: Knights, Dudes, and Shadow Steeds: Late Victorian Culture and the Early Cycling Clubs of New Orleans: 1881 – 1891

If you’re not keen to read a master’s thesis, you can also read about the early cyclists of New Orleans on my blog or on a virtual historical tour:

The Blog: Shadow Steeds in the Crescent City

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Historical “Tour”: Shadow Steeds of the Crescent City

This one is really neat because you can do the ten-stop “tour” through the New Orleans Historical website or download the New Orleans Historical app to your phone for a geolocation enabled tour that includes historical images. Easily doable by bike or streetcar.

My Interview with The Gambit


Beer and Tonic, With a Splash of Hysteria: Vaughan’s Lounge

Ritchie Betts: The Young New Orleans Cycling Promoter
Who Became “The Father of American Motorcycling”

Academie Gnostique: New Orleans’ School For Occult Science and
Traditional Mystical Education

Astride Lofty Wheels: Three New Orleanians
Ride New Orleans to Boston in 1886

Fabric Warrior

The Brief But Significant Life of Audubon Driving Park

“Sh-h-h-h! Boom! Ah! Lou-is-i-an-a!”: A Short History of
the Louisiana Cycling Club

A Moveable Race

How the Greatest Freak Shows on Earth Came to Be

Freak-Sta-Grams: Social Media for Sideshows in the 1800s

Annie Jones and Other Badass Bearded Ladies

Bad Bitches of the Airwaves: These Divas’ Sultry Voices
Were the Stuff of GI Nightmares

American Black Ops Radio

Axis Sally: How an American Girl Achieved Nazi Fame

Out in the Street: The Cycling Community Gains Ground in New Orleans

A practiceable and enjoyable aid to locomotion

Neighbor in a Strange Land: Dave Eggers’ Zeitoun

The Past as Destiny, The Place as Self: Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul

If you are interested in my research or would like an article written for your publication, please contact me at

Unpublished Writings

You can also read me on Medium