Location Arts Two 3.05
I joined QMUL in 2014. My interest in U.S. history led me to graduate school at Northwestern University, and a PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. Since then, I have taught as a lecturer in the UK, and published on the history of the United States, slavery and emancipation in the Atlantic World, the American Civil War, and the history of the long nineteenth century.
My research has looked at how civil war and emancipation in the United States, changed the way that Americans understood both national citizenship and the role of the national state in their lives. My first book, The Loyal Republic, looks at how personal loyalty to the state became the key to membership in the American body politic, for former Confederate citizens and freed African Americans alike. My future research aims to expand this interest into the Atlantic World, by charting the ferment of revolution, the rise of states, and the collapse of slavery across the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
- History of the United States, from the colonial period to the 20th century.
- History of Slavery & Emancipation in the Atlantic World
- The Study of the State
- Politics & Political Culture
- The Age of Revolution
- The World History of the Long Nineteenth Century
The Loyal Republic: Traitors, Slaves & the Remaking of Citizenship in Civil War America (manuscript in preparation for the University of North Carolina Press).
- ‘“Know All Men By These Presents”: Bonds, Localism and Politics in Early Republican Mississippi.’ Journal of the Early Republic 33, no. 4 (2013), 727-50.
Chapters in Edited Collections:
- ‘“It Looks Much Like Abandoned Land”: Property & The Politics of Loyalty in Reconstruction Mississippi.’ In After Slavery: Race, Labor and Citizenship in the Reconstruction South, edited by Brian Kelly and Bruce Baker, 77-97. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2013.
- ‘Freedpeople, Politics and the State in Civil War America.’ In Reconfiguring the Union: Civil War Transformations, edited by Ewan Morgan and Phillip Davies, 59-76. New York: Palgrave, 2013.
- ‘Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction.’ In A Companion to Reconstruction Presidents, 1865-1881, edited by Edward O. Frantz, 24-41. New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.
- Review of River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom, by Walter Johnson. Reviews in History, no. 1496 (2013).
- Review of Gleanings of Freedom: Free and Slave Labor along the Mason-Dixon Line, 1790-1860, by Max Grivno. Slavery and Abolition 34, no. 3 (2013), 9-10.
- Review of Border War: Fighting over Slavery before the Civil War, by Stanley Harrold. Journal of the Civil War Era 2, no. 3 (2012), 452-54.
- Review of The Myth of Southern Exceptionalism, edited by Matthew Lassiter & Joseph Crespino. Journal of American Studies 46, no. 1 (2012), 348-49.
- Fellow, American Academy of Social & Political Science
- Fellow, Penn Humanities Forum, University of Pennsylvania