William E. Wine Award for Teaching Excellence, 2013
Advancing Women Award, 2006
Fulbright Scholar, New Zealand, 2002
Lewis and Clark: An American Journey (New York, 1998).
The Moravian Community in Colonial North Carolina: Pluralism on the Southern Frontier (Knoxville, TN, 1989).
Facing Freedom: African-Americans in Montgomery County, Virginia, 1865-1902 (Charlottesville, VA, forthcoming)
The Digital History Reader, http://www.dhr.history.vt.edu/ Co-authored with Tom Ewing, (Project Director), C. Edward Watson, Robert Stephens, Marian Mollin, David Hicks, Hayward "Woody" Farrar, Mark V. Barrow, Jr., Kathleen Jones, and Daniel Thorp. 2006
“The Beginnings of African American Education in Montgomery County,” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 121 (2013), 315-45.
“New Zealand and the American Civil War,” Pacific Historical Review, vol. 80, no. 1 (February 2011), 97-130.
“Going Native in New Zealand and America: Comparing the Experiences of Pakeha Maori and White Indians,” Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol. 31, no. 3 (September 2003), 1-23.
"Equals of the King: The Balance of Power in Early Acadia," Acadiensis: Journal of the History of the Atlantic Region, vol. XXV (Spring 1996), 3-17.
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities 2015“Developing an Interpretive Plan of African American History for the Log Building at Solitude”; co-principal investigator
National Endowment for the Humanities, Exemplary Education Project 2003-05“The History Survey Online: Digital Resources for European and U.S. History”; co-principal investigator
Center for Innovation in Learning, Virginia Tech 2002-03"Putting American History Online: The Next Phase”; co-principal investigator
Current Research: Acadia during the 17th century
Comparative History of British Colonies
History of African Americans in Southwest Virginia
European Colonization & Exploration of North America
Director, Curriculum for Liberal Education (2010-2013)
Chair, Department of History (2005-2010)
Associate Chair, Deaprtment of History (1995-2004)