Katrina is a third year PhD student. Her primary research areas are cultural historical geography and geographies of memory with a focus on race, public memory, heritage tourism and preservation, and critical place naming. Her current projects include:
- preservation and musealization of vernacular homes and other neglected spaces of the African American freedom struggle
- policies regarding the commemorative landscape of the Gettysburg National Military Park
- critical place naming on U.S. military bases
Katrina is the Graduate Research Assistant for the Beauford Delaney Papers, a recently acquired collection at the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives. She assists in refining the descriptive cataloging and finding aid of the Beauford Delaney Papers; designing and preparing exhibitions (both physical and digital) of the collection; and promoting the research value of the collection through public programming.
Katrina is a research fellow for Tourism RESET (Race, Ethnicity, and Social Equity in Tourism), a multi-university and interdisciplinary research and outreach initiative that seeks to identify, study, and challenge patterns of social inequity in the tourism industry.
Katrina holds a MS in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University, with a concentration in heritage interpretation and museum practice. She earned a BA in History from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.