Dr. Modlin is a cultural and historical geographer who researches the connections of memory, race and historic places in the U.S. South and the Caribbean. His dissertation (Louisiana State University) discusses the roles that tourists have with remembering and forgetting slavery at plantation museums in the U.S. South. His work has been published in The Southeastern Geographer, Historical Geography, and Tourism Studies: An International Journal. Presently, Mr. Modlin is one of the co-editors of the book entitled, Methodologies in Social Memory and Heritage Tourism which was published in the fall of 2014. Mr. Modlin feels that teaching and research should not be seen as separate activities. Recently, he has helped students take part in field research in Louisiana and to present their work at a conference in Roanoke, VA and has sought funding from the National Science Foundation for student-participation in undergraduate research over the next three years.