University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire
Ph.D. American History – Modern U.S. Women’s and African American History. May 2003
Doctor of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa). May 2016
Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts
M.A. Liberal Studies (with Distinction), History - May 1995
B.A. Economics/History - May 1980
Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
M.B.A. Finance - June 1987
Walk With Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer, Oxford University Press, Sept. 2021.
Harriet Tubman: A Guide to Her Life and Work, Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming 2021.
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park and Monument Historic Resource Study, National Park Service and Organization of American Historians. December 2019.
Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 2015. New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, winner of the Mass Book Award in Nonfiction, 2016, and named one of the Best Biographies of all time by BookBub, 2018. Featured cover story, People Magazine, September 14, 2015, and named one of People Magazine’s top ten books for 2015. Community Reads in 2019 for Pembroke, MA, 2016 for Woburn and Winchester, MA, and 2017, Cayuga County, NY.
The Assassin’s Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln. Basic Books. June 2008.
Bound For the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero. Ballantine Books/One World. 2004. Wall Street Journal bestseller, 2016.
Selected Professional and Public History Experience
Consulting Historian, Virtual Reality production on Harriet Tubman crossing the Niagara River with Joe Bailey, 1856. CGO Studios, LA. 2020-21.
Consulting Historian, Augmented Reality customer experience program for four sites along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, Eastern Shore, MD. Timelooper, Inc. 2020.
Consulting Historian, Audio tour script development, for the Harriet Tubman Home and Park, Auburn, NY. 2020
Consulting Historian, and advisory board member, Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglasss documentary films. Stanley Nelson, Director; Firelight Media and Maryland Public Television. 2019-2021. Air dates fall 2021.
Consulting Historian, script review and commentary on HARRIET feature film, Kasi Lemmons, Director and writer, starring Cynthia Erivo, Focus Features Films. Premiered November 1, 2019.
Consulting Historian, script and art review for animated “I Am Harriet Tubman,” episode for Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum television series for children. PBS KIDS, XR 1 Productions, Inc., Brown Bag Films, and 9 Story Media Group. Air date fall 2020. (Based on the book by Brad Meltzer, with Chris Eliopoulis, illustrator)
Consulting Historian, Curriculum Guide for Harriet feature film. BazanED production. Fall 2019.
Consulting Historian, Soldier of Freedom orientation film for Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State and National Historical Park. Script development and review, consultant for clothing, props, location settings, scene development. Aperture Films. Premiered September 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rs5l6PkGLU&feature=emb_title
Consulting Curator/Historian, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State and National Historical Park, Dorchester County, MD. Exhibit content, resource database development, research, interpretation, script development, educational programming, oral history project, and technical review. 2007-2019.
Consulting Historian, Maryland’s Network to Freedom video production, Maryland Department of Tourism, 2018-2019.
Historical Expert, “The American Experience: The Confluence of Movements – Exploring Abolition and Women’s Rights.” A Faith and Politics Institute Pilgrimage to Western, NY. July 20-22, 2018.
Consulting Historian, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, an All-American Road, Dorchester and Caroline counties, MD. Historical content, resource development, tour and map guide development and training, research, interpretation, programming, audio tour and website development and technical review. 2003-2018. www.harriettubmanbyway.org Winner of the 2018 National Association of Interpretation Digital Media Awards.
Consulting Historian, The Kennedys: A Fatal Ambition, two episode documentary series. Elephant Studios, Viacom and Channel 5, producers. London, England. 2018.
Historical Consultant, Episode One of Travel Channel series on geneaology. Spring 2016
Historical Consultant, untitled HBO Original Movie based on Bound for the Promised Land, featuring Viola Davis, co-producers Dreamworks and Juvee Productions, with screenwriter Kirk Ellis. 2015-present (development halted).
Historian/Application preparer, twenty-five successful National Park Service Network to Freedom nominations, 2006-2020.
Consulting Historian, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway Audio Tour Guide, mobile application by Toursphere and Audissey Guides, Inc. 2012-2013, 2016. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/harriet-tubman-underground/id649500844?mt=8
Historical Consultant and Featured Historian, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Award-winning film by Kunhardt McGee Productions,THIRTEEN Productions LLC, Inkwell Films, in association with Ark Media. PBS Fall 2013.
Featured Historian, Real History segment on Mary Surratt. Real News show on The Blaze TV. August 2013.
Consulting Historian, The Journey Begins: Underground Railroad Audio Walking Tour, Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely, MD. Historical content, interpretation, and review for audio tour script. 2012-2013.
Consulting Historian, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway Corridor Management Plan. Historical content and interpretation, site identification and cultural resource identification. Transystems, Inc., for Delaware Department Of Transportation. 2010-2012.
Historical Consultant, Mary Surratt content expert, and website Blogger for The Conspirator, a film by The American Film Company, directed by Robert Redford. www.theamericanfilmcompany.com 2010-2011.
Consulting Historian, The Conspirator: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Lincoln, documentary film project, Tom Jennings Productions for the History Channel, March 2011.