History and Political Science
Office: Conger 305
PhD – Rice University 2014 MA – Columbia University 2008 BA – Bethel University, 2006
Thank you for visiting my faculty web page. I am a historian of early America with a special interest in issues of race and social reform. I’m thrilled to be working with ABAC students and will be offering courses in American history, African American history, and the Atlantic World. My courses require students to perform as historians: analyzing primary documents, crafting arguments based on these documents, and evaluating the arguments of other historians. Students of history become careful readers, creative thinkers, and clear communicators—all essential skills for success in contemporary life.
My research explores how people of faith have understood social injustice, particularly around issues of race and ethnicity. My book manuscript, under contract with LSU Press, answers why so many antislavery Americans in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries never took a political stand by joining antislavery societies, writing tracts, or pressuring politicians.
When not writing or teaching, I am likely listening to the music of Bruce Springsteen or rooting on my beloved Green Bay Packers.