Jamie is an Adjunct Instructor of Theatre in her seventh year of teaching at Idaho State University. She completed her doctoral degree in May 2007 in theatre with an emphasis of theatre for youth from Arizona State University. Her dissertation entitled "Where the West Stays Young: Child Re-enactors in Contemporary Wild West Shows" explores the role child re-enactors have in the performance of American exceptionalism in Wild West re-enactment troupes. Her research involves continuing her exploration into the representation of childhood, as performed and instituted within historical re-enactment groups of the Old West, as a construction that embodies both the past and present.
She recently worked on an ethnodramatic project in Lava Hot Springs funded by the Idaho Humanities Council entitled Their Might, Their Power. This project focused on research conducted in the archives of the South Bannock County Historical Center to compile material that was then utilized to develop a Chautauqua presentation which fused re-enactment techniques with ethnodrama (a theatre technique used to present research findings). The production was performed by theatre scholars and students from Idaho State University. Her other projects include interrogating adolescent identity construction, ethnodrama, Maud Gonne's use of theatre to promote and instill nationalism in Dublin youth, and research into the use of American pageantry as a teaching tool at the turn of the twentieth century.