Assistant Professor of History
Van Meter 138
Ph.D., University of Michigan, History, 2011
M.A., University of Michigan, History, 2006
B.A., University of Michigan, Afroamerican & African Studies/Economics, 2001
Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest
Early-Modern Caribbean, Comparative Slavery & Slave Resistance, African Diaspora
Published and Accepted Manuscripts
2015 "Frank Travels: Space, Power and Slave Mobility in the British Leeward
Islands, c. 1700-1730,"Slavery & Abolition 36, no. 2: 335-359.
Manuscripts in Progress
"Beyond a Boundary: Imperial Rivalry, Islander Indifference, and 'Negro'
Struggle in the Leeward Caribbean, 1688-1748"
"Moral Economies and the Creation of the 1736 Antigua Conspiracy"
Search for a New Land: Space, Race, and Power in the Leeward Caribbean, 1688-1748 (Book)
2007 "Agricultural Work," "Seasonal Rhythms of Life," and "Cotton Plantations" in Slavery in
America, ed. Orville Vernon Burton, (Detroit: Gale, 2007).
Public History Publications & Contributions
2012 Charles H. Wright Underground Railroad On-Line Encyclopedia www.ugrronline.com
Senior Editor/Scholar-in-Residence/80+ Entries
2011 "The Mountains of Detroit"
Fellowships, Awards, & Postdoctoral Study
2016 CIC-Gilder Lehrman Seminar, Yale University
2015 Faculty Travel Grant, Goucher College
2014 Crosby Development Grant, Goucher College
2014 Faculty Travel Grant, Goucher College
2013 Faculty Summer Research Grant, Goucher College
2013 Faculty Travel Grant, Goucher College
2013 Crosby Development Grant, Goucher College
2012 Crosby Development Grant, Goucher College
2012 Charles H. Wright Museum Postdoctoral Scholar-in-Residence
2008 Huetwell Graduate Fellowship, University of Michigan
2007 John D. Pierce Scholarship
2004 University of Michigan Fellowship in History
2004 Michigan Department of History Summer Research Fellowship
2002/03 Michigan LS&A Regents Fellowship
Scholarly Presentations & Engagement
2016 Summer "Slave Narratives" Nominated Fellow Gilder-Lehrman Institute
Yale University, New Haven, CT
2016 Spring "Enslaved Deserters in the Leeward Islands" Invited Participant
Research Workshop, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
2015 Fall "Between the Mountains and the Sea"
Runaways: Desertion and Mobility in Global Labor History, c. 1650-1850 Conference,
IIHS & University of Pittsburgh Joint Conference, Amsterdam, NL
2015 Spring "Moral Economies & Sacred Memories: The Creation of the
Antigua Conspiracy of 1736"
Collegium for African American Research Conference, Liverpool Hope, UK
2015 Spring "A 'Pernicious Consequence': Imperial Rivalry, Islander Indifference, and
'Negro' Struggle in the Leeward Islands, 1688-1748" Invited Participant
The World of Jenkins' Ear Conference & Workshop, Rutgers University
2013 Fall "The Antigua Conspiracy of 1736 and the Moral Economy of the Gods"
Sugar & Beyond Conference, Brown University
2013 Spring "Frank Travels: Afro-Cosmopolitanism in the British Leewards"
Conference of the Association of Caribbean Historians
San Ignacio, Belize
2012 Fall "Empire, Boundaries, and the Underground Railroad in Michigan"
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
2010 Fall "Frank Travels: Race and Power in the British Leewards"
Second Biennial Conference on Race
2009 Winter "The Coming Storm: The Events of History and the
St. John Revolt of 1733"
American Historical Society Annual Meeting/CLAH
2009 Fall "'Court, alias Tackey': Black Identities, Golden Identifications"
Atlantic History Workshop, University of Michigan
2008 Fall "At the Center of it All: Slave Resistance"
Writing the Atlantic: A Joint UM-MSU Conference
2006 Spring "A 'Mistaken Notion?': Freedom Rumors and Baptism in 1730s Virginia." UM Atlantic History Workshop
Public Scholarship, Service, & Community Outreach
2015 Fall "Racism in America: A History in Three Acts" Invited Lecture
What is Race? Seminar Series Goucher College
Goucher College Department of History & Program in Africana Studies
US History, 1865 to Present (HIS 111)
Introduction to the African Diaspora (AFR 200)
Bad Spirits: The Atlantic Slave Trade in History and Memory (HIS 205)
Comparative African History (HIS 207)
African American History I: 1619-1877 (HIS 270)
African American History II: 1877-Present (HIS 273)
Comparative Slavery (HIS 289)
Mariners, Renegades, and Castaways (HIS 289)
Routes of Black Thought: Intellectual Currents of the African Diaspora (HIS 320 Seminar)
The Long Civil Rights Movement (HIS 320 Seminar)