Saint Louis University



Associate Professor



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:

  • Huntington Library Mays Fellowship, 2015
  • John Carter Brown Library Short-Term Fellowship, 2015
  • Fulbright-All Discipline Scholar Award, University College London, UK, 2014-15
  • Innovative Teaching Fellowship. Reinart Center for Teaching Excellence, SLU, 2012-13
  • "The Ethnohistory of the American South." NEH Summer Seminar at UNC-Chapel Hill, 2011
  • Harvard University Atlantic World Seminar Research Grant, 2007
  • Gilder Lehrman Research Fellowship, 2007
  • University of South Carolina, Library of South Carolina Grant, 2007
  • University of Florida Latin American Studies Travel Grant, 2007

Courses Taught:

  • Slavery in the Atlantic World
  • American Indian History
  • The Borderlands
  • The Atlantic World
  • Early American History
  • Colonial Latin America
  • Modern Latin America
  • Comparative Revolutions in the Atlantic World

Scholarly Publications:


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

Journal Articles

  • "Borderlands in the Atlantic World," Atlantic Studies 10:2(2013): 268-295.
  • "Slavery and the War of 1812," The Tennessee Historical Quarterly (Fall 2012): 184-205.
  • "An Analysis of the Role of the Study of the African Diaspora within the Field of Atlantic History," African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal (January 2012): 21-32.
  • "Defining Freedom in the Atlantic-Borderlands of the Revolutionary Southeast," Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal (Fall 2007): 367-394.
  • "Britain's 1814 Occupation of Pensacola and America's Response: An Episode of the War of 1812 in the Southeastern Borderlands," Florida Historical Quarterly 84(Fall 2005): 229-55.

Essays in Edited Volumes

  • An Overview of Florida's Black Past in Amanda Carlson and Robin Poynor, eds., Africa in Florida (University Press of Florida, 2014): 31-49