Ph.D., Cambridge University, 2002;
B.A./M.A., University of Edinburgh, 1998.
I am a historian of the Atlantic World and Borderlands of colonial and revolutionary Anglo and Spanish North America. More specifically I am interested in race (in particular I focus on the experiences of African Americans and Native Americans), slavery, citizenship, and contrasting empires. My work is strongly transnational and comparative in perspective and utilizes anthropology and archaeology. My first manuscript is a case study of North America's largest maroon community (that is, a community of self-emancipated former slaves) that emerged in Spanish West Florida during the War of 1812. I use this case study to exam a number of broader ideas about race, freedom, slavery and American expansion in the context of the Atlantic World and Borderlands during the Age of Revolution. While I received my undergraduate degree at the University of Edinburgh and my Ph.D. at Cambridge University I am, in fact, originally from New Jersey.
Honors and Fellowships:
The Maroons of Prospect Bluff and Their Quest for Freedom in the Atlantic World (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2013)
-Winner 2011-2013 Alpha Sigma Nu Humanities Book Award
-Winner 2014 Michael Thomason Best Book Award Gulf South Historical Association
-Winner 2014 Rembert Patrick Award Florida Historical Society
-Winner 2014 Florida Book Awards non-fiction category
Essays in Edited Volumes