Mary-Katherine is a doctorally trained historian who has conducted research, written, and taught on the topic of how cultural, social, political, and economic forces in societies and organizations develop and interact with individuals over time, in both national and global historical contexts. She has successfully developed and administered educational curricula at various levels to make historical concepts, methods, and perspectives practical and applicable for a lay audience.
Mary-Katherine has directly applied her research and production background to the arena of transportation research in her work as a research assistant and co-editor on NCHRP 584 Synthesis: Visualization of Highway Performance Measures. She also recently performed an historical review of changes in the use of the Ohio River over time in relation to the current economic transition from the coal economy as part of a project for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Mary-Katherine has also applied her abilities as co-editor on the educational Playbooks published for NCHRP 08-124: Quantifying the Impacts of Corridor Management and NCHRP 20-44(22): Implementing Right-Sizing Solutions.
Mary-Katherine is currently the principal researcher on the development of Metro Analytics’ Historical Equity Action Lens (H.E.A.L.) – an applied evidence-based methodology for diagnosing the ongoing costs of historically rooted systemic inequities in transportation networks and applying that knowledge to: develop more targeted equity performance measures, more effective solutions to current challenges, and more effective methods for preventing and anticipating future challenges.
- B.A., History and Classical Civilizations, Minor, Religious Studies, UNC Greensboro, 1996
- M.A.,, US History, Concentrations: Religion, Culture, and Foreign Relations, UNC Wilmington, 2012
- PhD. (A.B.D.), History of US Foreign Relations, Concentration: Intercultural Relations, Conflict Prevention & Resolution, University of Connecticut, 2017
Skills & Specializations
- Academic research, writing, and editing
- Application & development of evidence-based historical research methodologies for present-day problem-solving
- Communication, instruction, and application of historical and other humanities-based concepts for lay audiences
- Community Engagement
- Intercultural/Identity Group Relations
- Subjective/Lived Experience Studies
H.E.A.L.: Historical Equity Action Lens, Present
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- Society of Historians of Foreign Relations - Member
- NC Society of Historians - Board Member
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