Current Position:

Univ. of New Hampshire at Manchester, Coordinator for Public Hist/Adjunct, 2015-present


University of New Hampshire                                                                                  May 2012
Ph.D., History
M.A., History
Fields: Early American History, African-American History, Religious History, Atlantic History, Early Modern British History, Modern US History, West African History, and Caribbean History

Additional coursework in College Teaching, including writing across the curriculum, 2005-2008

Simmons College                                                                                                       May 2005
M.A., History
M.S., Archives Management
Fields: Early America History, Atlantic History, Early Modern British History, Public History

Additional coursework in digital stewardship, 2014

Simmons College                                                                                                     May 2000
B.A. in History, with departmental honors
Fields: Early American History, Modern European History



Inventing George Whitefield: Race, Revivalism, and the Origins of a Religious Icon (Jackson: University of Mississippi, 2015 March)

Miscellaneous Essay Contributions:

“Evolution of the Franco-American Alliance and France’s Military Contribution.” Christos Frentzos and Antonio Thompson, eds., The Routledge Handbook of U.S. Diplomatic and Military History, Colonial Period to 1877 (NY: Routledge, Forthcoming, 2014 Aug.)

“‘Freeborn Americans:’ the Rise of the Urban Wage Earner in the Early Republic, 1788-1830.” Andrew Frank, ed. The Early Republic: People and Perspectives. (New York: ABC-Clio, 2008 Nov.)

Encyclopedia Articles:

“Mourning,” “Traveling Preachers,” Religious Services, Military Camps,” and “Eulogies.” Frank, Lisa Tendrich, ed. Encyclopedia of the American Civil War (New York: ABC-Clio, 2015)

“Samuel Gridley Howe” and “The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass.” Finkelman, Paul and L. Diane Barnes, eds. Encyclopedia of African American History: From the Colonial Period through the Age of Frederick Douglass, Vol. 2. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006).

“Canada,” “Mount McKinley,” “Nicaragua” and “United States.” Mccoll, R.W., ed. Encyclopedia of World Geography. (New York: Facts on File, 2005).

Reviews (Selected)

Review Essay, Edward Andrews, Native Apostles: Black and Indian Missionaries in the British Atlantic World and Hilary Wyss, English Letters and Indian Literacies: Reading, Writing, and New England Missionary Schools, 1750-1830. William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd Ser., 71, No. 4 (Oct 2014): 645-649.

Review of Ireland in the Virginian sea: colonialism in the
British Atlantic, by Audrey Horning. H-War

Review of An Empire of Small Places: Mapping the Southeastern Anglo-Indian Trade, 1732-1795, by Robert Paulett. H-War

Review of Nobility Lost: French & Canadian Martial Cultures, Indians & the End of New France, by Christian Ayne Crouch. H-War

Review of American Zion: the Old Testament as a Political Text from the Revolution to the Civil War, by Eran Shalev. H-War

Review of Creole Indigeneity: Between Myth and Nation in the Caribbean, by Shona N. Jackson. Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 16, No. 3.

Review of Bradford’s Indian Book: Being the True Roote & Rise of American Letters as Revealed by the Native Text Embedded in Of Plimoth Plantation, by Betty Booth Donahue. Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources [October 2012]

Review of Global Circuits of Blackness: Interrogating the African Diaspora, edited by Jean Muteba Rahier, Percy C. Hintzen and Felipe Smith. H-LatAm (September 2012)

Review of Thomas Paine: Enlightenment, Revolution and the Birth of Modern Nations, by Craig T. Nelson. NEHA News, Vol. XXXV, No. 2. (October 2009)

Review of Freedom’s Empire; Race and the Rise of the novel in Atlantic Modernity 1640-1940, by Laura Boyle. Atlantic Studies: Literary, Cultural and Historical Perspectives, 5.2 (Winter 2009)

Review Essay, Saltwater Slavery: a Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora, by Stephanie Smallwood and An African Republic: Black and White Virginians in the Making of Liberia, by Marie Tyler-McGraw. Journal of the Early Republic (Spring 2009)

Funding, Honors and Awards:

Travel Scholarship, Congregational Library, Boston, MA (2015)

John Hope Franklin Grant, John Hope Franklin Research Center, Rubinstein Library, Duke University (2015)

Travel Grant, Graduate School of the University of New Hampshire (2012)

Annette K. Baxter Grant, American Studies Association (2011)

Travel Grant, Graduate School of the University of New Hampshire (2011)

Visiting Researcher, Philips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA (2009-2010)

Gunst-Wilcox Research Grant, Department of History, University of New Hampshire (2009)

Gunst-Wilcox Research Grant, Dept. of History, University of New Hampshire (2008)

Washington College Fellowship in Early American History, Boston Athenaeum (2009).

Helen Watson Buckner Memorial Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library (2009) [Declined]

Gilder Lehrman Short-Term Fellowship (2009)

Paul Cuffe Memorial Fellowship, Munson Institute of Mystic Seaport and American Antiquarian Society (2008).

Steelman Fellowship, Dept of History, University of New Hampshire (2008)

Phi Alpha Theta (Induction 10 May 2006)

Teaching Assistantship and Tuition Fellowship, Dept. of History, University of New Hampshire (2005-2009)

Travel Grant, Graduate College of Arts and Sciences, Simmons College (2004)

Papers, Presentations and Invited Talks (Selected):

“Religion and Social Networks, 1680-1765,” to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, 9 January 2016, Atlanta, GA. Co-sponsored by the American Society for Church History and the North American Council for British Studies.

Invited Paper: “Of All the Knowledge We Can Obtain:” Evangelism and the Making of Religious Social Networks in New England, 1730-1800,” to be presented at the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture, College of William and Mary.

Invited Paper: Plotting Piety: Mapping George Whitefield and His Contemporaries. Paper to be presented at Whitefield at 300, Pembroke College, Oxford University, England, 25-27 June 2014.

Commentator, “Eighteenth-Century New England.” Panel at the spring conference of the New England Historical Association, Springfield College, Springfield, MA. 27 April 2014.

“Twas Mercy Brought me from my Pagan Land:” Religion and Racial Hierarchies in the Black Atlantic. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Cleveland, OH, 5 April 2013.

Colonial Georgia and the Evolution of George Whitefield’s Pro-Slavery Thought. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society of Early Americanists, Savannah, GA, 28 Feb 2013; also served as the panel’s co-organizer.

Chair and Commentator, “Religious Controversies.” Panel at the fall conference of the New England Historical Association, Merrimack College, North Andover, MA, 13 Oct. 2012.

Imagining George Whitefield: The Evolution of Whitefield’s Posthumous Image. Paper Presented to the Dissertation Seminar of the Department of History, University of New Hampshire, 1 May 2012.

“Only Dire Necessity Could Drive Me to it:” Henry Laurens and the Problem of Slavery in Revolutionary South Carolina.Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Milwaukee, WI, 19 April 2012.

 “…Under God, the Province will Flourish:”The Role of Colonial Georgia in the Transformation of George Whitefield. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, Baltimore, MD, 23 October 2011; also served as the panel’s co-organizer.

“Baptism of Slaves Doth not Exempt them from Bondage:” the Conversion of Slaves in Colonial Virginia. Paper presented at the Second Biennial Conference on Race, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey, 13 November 2010; also served as the panel organizer.

Never to Belong: The Making of Sierra Leone and the Limits of Englishness, 1790-1810. Paper presented at the University of Maine-University of New Brunswick International Graduate Conference, Orono, Maine, 3 October 2010; also served as the panel organizer.

Invited Panelist, Roundtable: The State of Graduate History Curricula. University of Maine-University of New Brunswick International Graduate Conference, Orono, Maine, 2 October 2010.

On the Margins of Empire: the Spectre of Black Mobility in the Age of Reason. Paper presented at the Graduate Forum at the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, 7 May 2010.

Invited Talk: “…and Grace Invites him to Assert his Freedom”: Charles-Town as a Spiritual Epicenter to the Spectre of Black Mobility. Presented at the Boston Athenaeum, 26 April 2010.

Patriot or Pilferer?: Privateers and the Bounds of Republican Virtue in Revolutionary Massachusetts. Paper presented at the fall 2008 conference of the New England Historical Association at Endicott College, Beverly, MA.

Giving Voice to ‘the Black Experience:’ Slave Narratives and the Emergence of African Identity. Paper presented at the fall 2004 conference of the New England Historical Association at the College of St. Joseph, Rutland, VT.

From Anxiety to Ennui: the Rise and Fall of the Red Scare Through Cold War Film, 1947-1972. Paper presented at the spring 2004 conference of the New England Historical Association at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA.

Teaching Experience (Selected):

Courses Taught:

African History
Amer. Civilization: Race and Ethnicity in Amer. Soc. (Writing Intensive)
American Enlightenment
American History to 1865
American History Since 1865
American Women’s History
Atlantic Slave Trade
Digital History
Haitian Revolution
History of New England
Humanities I: Ancient World through the Renaissance (Writing Intensive)
Humanities II: the Enlightenment (Writing Intensive)
Introduction to Archives
Material Culture
Oral History
Religion in American Society (Writing Intensive)
World History to 1500
World History in the Modern Era

University of New Hampshire, Manchester, Adjunct Professor                         2012-2015

Emmanuel College (Boston, MA)                                                                             2014-2015

Granite State College (NH), Lecturer                                                                      2011- 2013

Ottawa University (Kansas), Online Adjunct                                                          2012-2013

Southern New Hampshire University, Adjunct Professor                                   2011-2013

University of New Hampshire, Instructor, T.A.                                                     2005-2009


Contributing Historian, More than a MAPP [http://www.morethanamapp.org/]


List Editor, H-Atlantic, 2013-present

University Service:

Graduate Representative to the Graduate Committee, Department of History, University of New Hampshire, 2006-2007

Graduate Representative to the Graduate Admissions Committee, Department of History, University of New Hampshire, 2006-2007

Invited Lectures/Workshops:

Civil War Roundtable, G.A.R./Lynn, MA
Workshop on Abolition, Lynn Public Schools

Online Exhibits:

“Frank Palmer Speare: Educational Visionary” Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Department, fall 2004. [http://www.lib.neu.edu/archives/Speare/]

Natalia Garza, Michelle Light, Molly Overholt and Jessica M. Parr, “We Raise Our Voices: Celebrating Activism for Equality and Pride in Boston’s African-American, Feminist, Gay and Lesbian and Latino Communities.” Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Department, spring 2004. [http://www.lib.neu.edu/archives/voices/]

Other Relevant Employment and Internships:
Note: Many positions were part time or temporary

Archives Assistant, Institute Archives, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 2005

Duties included processing and developing preservation plans for large collections, including the Jay Wright Forrester Papers.

Processing Assistant, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine of Harvard Med. School, Boston, MA, 2003; Intern, spring 2004

Short-term position processing a small photographic collection documenting the history of women in medicine.

Library Assistant, Horticultural Library of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Jamaica Plain, MA, 2002-2003; Intern, fall 2004.

Duties included processing collections, and updating and creating finding aids in OASIS and catalog records in Aleph. Completed Aleph training during the spring of 2003. I also created a preservation and disaster plan for the repository.

Library Assistant, Archives and Special Col., Northeastern University 2002-2005

Duties included processing archival collections, updating finding aids, supervising the reading room and answering research queries. I also wrote much of the code for the online finding aid delivery system and was involved in creating digital exhibits from the collections.

Tour Guide (Seasonal), William Hickling Prescott House                           2001-2003

I gave tours of the William Hickling Prescott House, an eighteenth-century federalist mansion on Beacon Street in Boston, MA.

Library and Archives Assistant, Historic New England, Boston, MA       2000-2001

Assisted with research queries, supervised the photograph usage requests, digitizing collections, and I created a database for tracking the photographic collections. I also assisted with exhibits.

Intern, Facing History and Ourselves, Brookline, MA                                  spring 2000

Assisted with photographic research for educational materials on the Armenian Genocide and the development of a Holocaust Literature and Film course for Arlington High School in Arlington, MA.


Reading: French and German

Translation Experience: French, German, Latin, Spanish, Dutch and Welsh

Additional Skills:

Web Programming Skills, including HTML, XML, CSS, Javascript, and CGI.

EAD, MARC, and familiarity with Winnebago, Millennium and Voyager.

Current and Past Affiliations:

American Historical Association; American Studies AssociationBerkshire Conference of Women Historians; Boston Area American Religious History Group; Eighteenth Century Studies; Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction; New England Archivists; New England Historical Association; Omohundro Institute – Associate; Organization of American Historians; Society of American Archivists; Society of Early Americanists


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