Ph.D., History, Syracuse University, 2015

Dissertation: "A New York Mirror: Urban Literary Intellectuals and the Image of the National Individual, 1794–1861"

Fields: Intellectual History; United States to 1865; 18th-Century France and England

M.A. and M.Phil., History, Syracuse University, 2011

B.A., History-Political Science, LeTourneau University, summa cum laude, 2006

B.S., Business Administration, LeTourneau University, summa cum laude, 2006 


Humane Studies Fellowship, Institute for Humane Studies, 2012–2014

Syracuse University Fellowship, 2006–2010

Teaching-Related Writing

“I’ve Never Had a Student Ask for a Safe Space. Here’s What They Have Asked For,” Vox First Person, Dec. 2018

The American Yawp: A Massively Collaborative Open U.S. History Textbook, Vol. 1: To 1877, ed. Joseph L. Locke and Ben Wright (Stanford University Press, 2019)—contributor and chapter editor

Research Presentations

“The House at Four Corners: A Black Charleston Family at the Crossroads of American Belonging, 1804-1865,” invited brown bag talk, Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, Oct. 2017

"Exploring the Early American Intellectual Archipelago, 1783–1815," Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, New Orleans, April 2017

"Literati on the Waterfront: Disease and Literary Circulation in Charles Brockden Brown's Early Republic," Eastern American Studies Association Annual Conference, La Salle University, March 2014

"The Empire of Romance: Fiction, Privacy, and the Extensive Republic," Traces of Early America, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Sept. 2013

"How to Make an American in the Early Republic: Some Notes on the Limits of State, Structure, and Strife," Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism, University of Pennsylvania, April 2013

"Freedom’s Journeys: Defining Black Nationality in the Antebellum North," Conference on Public Intellectuals, Harvard University, April 2012

"The Pictorial Scholarship of Benson Lossing: Visualizing the Public in Antebellum Historical Writing," Society for U.S. Intellectual History Conference, CUNY Graduate Center, Nov. 2011

"Imagined Individualities: Reflections on Americanness in the Age of Revolutions, 1760-1860," Self Among Selves: Emotion and the Common Life, Syracuse University, Sept. 2011

"'So Perfect a Stranger': Abigail Jones and the Literary Gentlemen of 1820s New York," Failures, Losers and Tragic Downfalls, University of Rochester, Feb. 2011

"Laissez-Faire Egalitarianism in Jacksonian America: The New York Evening Post as a Case Study," Conference on U.S. Intellectual History, Grand Valley State University, Oct. 2008

Book Reviews and Invited Discussion

Review of Joscelyn Godwin, Upstate Cauldron: Eccentric Spiritual Movements in Early New York State, New York History 99, no. 2 (spring 2018): 248-251

Review of Tyler Anbinder, City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New YorkReviews in History, June 2017

Review of Robert G. Parkinson, The Common Cause, Reviews in History, Nov. 2016

"The Pros and Cons of Social Media," roundtable panelist, annual meeting, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, New Haven, Ct., July 2016 

"Is There Still a Place for Ideas in Early American History?" roundtable panelist (substitute for Michael D. Hattem), Society for U.S. Intellectual History Conference, Washington, D.C., Oct. 2015

"Constitutional Development and Inequality: the Role of Judges and the Paradox of Sovereignty," invited discussant, Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism, University of Pennsylvania, Dec. 2012

Digital Public Writing

"Adjuncting in Trump Country: What Has Not Changed," The Panorama: Expansive Views from The Journal of the Early Republic, Sept. 2017

U.S. Intellectual History Blog, occasional contributor, 2012–present

"Lafayette's Return: An Early American Media Event," Readex Report 10.4, Nov. 2015

"The Resignation of John Russwurm: Individual Lives in Early American Newspapers," Readex Report 8.2, April 2013

The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History, founding member and contributor, 2012–2019

Teaching Experience

Adjunct Lecturer, Marywood University, 2015–2019

United States History to 1865

United States History since 1865 

Roots of the Modern World

Ethnicity and Diversity in the Modern World

Part-Time Faculty, University of Scranton, 2015–2019

World History I (to 1500)

World History II (since 1500) 

First-Year Writing: Composition

Adjunct Professor, La Salle University, 2013–2014

Themes in American History (comprehensive U.S. history survey)

Global History from 1500 to the Present

Teaching Associate, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, 2011–2012

Critical Issues for the United States (interdisciplinary seminar)

Teaching Assistant, Syracuse University, 2007–2011 

Recent History of the United States, 1960–Present

The United States in the Modern Age, 1917–60

Age of the American Revolution

United States History since 1865

United States History to 1865

Collaboration and Service

Community History:

Lackawanna Historical Society, Scranton, Pa., collection cataloger, 2014–present

Historians' Advisory Council, Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse, N.Y., 2011–2012

Academic Service:

Social media advisory committee, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, 2016-2017

Conference committee, Society for U.S. Intellectual History, 2014–2015

Planning committees, annual Syracuse Graduate History Conference, 2010–2012

Assistant conference organizer, Self Among Selves, Syracuse University, 2011

Colonial American faculty search committee, Syracuse University Dept. of History, 2007–2009

Syracuse University Honors

Hotchkiss Scholar Award (for "most highly deserving" graduate student), 2010 and 2015

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, 2011

Roscoe-Martin Graduate Award (research grant for travel to archives), 2011

Dean's Summer Research Grant (for travel to archives), 2011

Dean's Summer Research Grant (for travel to archives), 2010

Foreign Language Skill

Reading competency in French (translation exam, with distinction)