My research interests focus on the history of Colonial and Revolutionary America. My current research project is a book on Daniel Gookin and the 17th century Atlantic world. I also contribute sections on Colonial and Revolutionary American history to a college-level survey textbook.
Colonial American History, History of the American Revolution
HIST 1015 - American History to 1865
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
Examines American history from pre-Columbian times to the Civil War, including ancient cultures, exploration, colonization, Native American responses, the rise of race slavery, the American Revolution, political developments, Anglo-American expansion, slave life and culture, the market revolution, industrialization, reform and disunion. Introduces students to history as a dynamic discipline that shapes our understanding of the past and present. Meets MAPS requirement for social science: general or U.S. history.
HIST 2015 - Themes in Early American History
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Examines major themes in the development of colonial societies in North America from the 15th to the early 19th centuries. Explores intercultural relations, economic development, labor systems, religion and society, and family life. Specific course focus may vary.
HIST 3115 - Seminar in Early American History
Fall 2018 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020
The third, and final, cornerstone course for history majors is a capstone seminar. Capstone seminars are designed for advanced history majors to pull together the skills they have honed in previous classes towards producing historical knowledge about a particular area of interest. This seminar focuses on early American history, and will include readings and discussions in a small seminar setting. These and other class activities and assignments will support the central goal: for each student to develop an individual research project on a topic of their own choosing in relation to early American history. Students will then write a substantial and original research paper based on primary sources. Completion of HIST 3020 is required for history majors to enroll in a senior seminar. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Recommended restriction: History GPA of 2.0 or higher.
HIST 4125 - Early American History to 1763
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
Explores the colonial era of American history from the pre-Columbian period to the end of the Seven Years' War. Topics include pre-contact Native societies, exploration, European settlement and Native American responses, labor system and the rise of slavery, imperial wars, and the developments in religion, society, politics and culture. Same as HIST 5125.