I am interested in space, place, and culture. I studied cultural geography at the University of North Texas. My advisor was Dr. Matthew Fry, and my thesis work was around place and place attachment in the Texas Big Empty. At present, I am pursuing a Ph.D. in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education at University of Nebraska-Lincoln where my work centers on educational philosophy and geographies of education. I am also a Graduate Fellow at the Center for Great Plains Studies.
Previously, I've worked as a programmer at a number of universities and companies, taught in rural public primary and secondary schools, and operated a small cow-calf farm. I like to make maps and read. I also do 35mm black-and-white photography.
Some of my programming projects are on github, including vfr, a tool for generating maps from ogr-compatible datasources using Lua scripts. I've also made contributions to a number of open source projects, including the Library of Congress's BagIt, George Washington University's Social Feed Manager, the popular web mapping library Leaflet, and the Python WSGI library Werkzeug.
I'd love to hear from you.