I came to study Transatlantic History at the University of Texas at Arlington because of my personal experiences that highlighted the historic and enduring connections of the Atlantic world. My mother is from California but attended college in Spain, where my family took two vacations when I was a child; I traveled as a student missionary to Romania in 2000 (see, a modern transatlantic connection!); and as a tuba player I use a Helleberg mouthpiece, named for August C. Hellberg, a nineteenth-century Danish migrant to the United States who was the principal tubist in The Sousa Band- yes, the Stars and Stripes Forever guy! My main academic interest is in nineteenth-century migration to the Americas, and one of my primary goals is to make sure that “the Americas” is just that, and includes the movement of people and ideas to the North and South American continents. A recent project I’ve been collaborating on is “Borderland: The Struggle for Texas 1821-1846,” a digital humanities project for The Center for Greater Southwestern Studies that locates points of conflict among the people of Texas, using some of the fine resources at UTA including Special Collections and the Virginia Garrett Cartographic History Library. Collaborating on “Borderlands” with professors and fellow students is just one example of the great opportunities that led me to the Transatlantic History program at UTA.
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