- Vice President, Academic Affairs and Provost
- Early American History
- Labor History
- Revolutionary America
- Social History
I am an historian of early America interested in the intersections of work, family and community. Much of my research has focused on the ways that enslaved people in the post-Revolutionary Upper South struggled to gain and maintain legal freedom through the process of manumission. After relocating to Merrimack more than a decade ago, my efforts to bring more local primary sources into my survey class led me gain a deeper understanding for the tensions and challenges that Americans faced following their successful bid for independence. This led me to write a narrative history entitled “Shays’s Rebellion: Authority and Distress in Post-Revolutionary America,” which was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2015. Currently, I am working on a synthetic history that examines the broad spectrum and evolution of labor obligations in the Early Modern Atlantic World.
- Ph.D. History University of Minnesota
- M.A. History University of Minnesota
- B.A. History Loyola University Maryland
“Labor Obligations in the Atlantic World,” under contract with Routledge Press.
“Shays’s Rebellion: Authority and Distress in Post-Revolutionary America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015).
“Recent Scholarship on Slavery and Emancipation in Baltimore,” Maryland Historical Magazine, 108:1 (Winter, 2012), 476-83.
“The Significance of Group Manumission in Post-Revolutionary Rural Maryland,” Slavery and Abolition 32:1 (March, 2011), 75-89.