Hello and welcome to my website. My name is Jordan Brasher; I'm from Milan (MY-luhn), a small town in the swampy bottoms of western Tennessee, between B.B. King's Memphis and Johnny Cash's Nashville. In 2010, I left Milan for Murfreesboro, where I went to play football for the Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders. I spent one year on the team before finding what I was really passionate about: geography. Much of my time in Murfreesboro was devoted to my church and to the Baptist Collegiate Ministries, of which I was the student president my senior year. After finishing at MTSU, I spent a summer working a seasonal job in Housekeeping at Lake Lodge in Yellowstone National Park, one of the most cherished experiences of my life. I then moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma to pursue my Master's of Science in geography, which I completed in 2016. Currently, I am a first year PhD student at the University of Tennessee in the same field. My research interests center broadly on race, place, and memory, and specifically on critical toponymy and how place names serve as memorial arenas that spark debate about the past and how it should be remembered, as well as toponymy's role in the restitution of racial justice. I enjoy traveling, learning, and the outdoors.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.