Presentations

"'Their history as a part of ours': Some Thoughts on British Historical Memory in Colonial and Revolutionary America, 1750-1776," CUNY Early American Republic Seminar, New York, NY, April 12, 2013. [invited talk]

“‘Improving the Minds of Our Fellow Citizens’: The Independent Reflector and Print as a Form of Institution-Building in British America,” Society for U.S. Intellectual History 2012 Conference, New York, NY, November 1, 2012. [canceled due to hurricane]

“Contesting Authority: Cultural Politics and Imperial Anglicanism in the Middle Colonies, 1747-1759," The 2012 Conference on New York State History (NYSHA), Niagara, NY, June 15, 2012.

"'Every wealthy Dunce is loaded with Honours': William Livingston's Cultural Imperative and the Anglophone Enlightenment in Colonial New York City, 1747-1770," Researching New York 2011, Albany, NY, November 18, 2011. 

Publications

BOOK REVIEWS

Review: Ned C. Landsman, Crossroads of Empire: The Middle Colonies in British America, Essays in History 54 (2012).

ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES

The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014), s.v., “The Great Apostasy of 1722.” [forthcoming, 2014]

Encyclopedia of Populism in America (Greenwood: ABC-CLIO, 2013), s.v., “Thomas Jefferson” and “Anti-intellectualism.”

The Digital Encyclopedia of George Washington, (Alexandria, Va.: Mount Vernon Estate, 2012), s.v., “William Livingston,” “New York, NY,” and “Newburgh Conspiracy.”

OTHER

"When Ben Franklin Came Home," The Readex Report 9, no. 1 (February 2014).

"The Historiography of the American Revolution," Journal of the American Revolution, August 2013.

"The Return of the American Revolution," The Junto, May 27, 2013.

"Digital Workflow for Historians," The Junto, June 18, 2013.

"Where Have You Gone, Gordon Wood?" The Junto, January 21, 2013.

"The Founders, the Tea Party, and the Historical Wing of the 'Conservative Entertainment Complex,'"  The Junto, December 18, 2012.

"Jeffersongate: The Case of Henry Wiencek," The Junto, December 12, 2012.

"Academic Networking 2.0: Historians and Social Media," The Readex Report 7, no. 1 (February 2012).

"Instructions vs. Pledges," Common-place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life 12, no. 2 (Jan. 2012): 13.

WORKS-IN-PROGRESS

“Cultural Politics, Imperial Anglicanism, and the Middle Colonies, 1747-1757” (journal article, under review).

"'As Serves our Interest best': The Political Culture of New York City and the Imperial Crisis, 1765-1776,” (originally accepted by The Columbia Undergraduate Journal of History)

Research Interests

Colonial and revolutionary America, political culture, colonial New York City, middle colonies, print culture, civil society, public sphere, historical memory, history of the book, consumer culture, Enlightenment thought in America, digital humanities.

Summary

I am currently a PhD student in early American history at Yale University. I graduated summa cum laude and received my B.A. with Honors in History from The City College of New York.

My field is early American history, primarily eighteenth-century political culture and intellectual history. I am especially interested in the later colonial period and the coming of the American Revolution, particularly in the middle colonies. I am also interested in the Enlightenment, print culture, and history of the book in colonial and revolutionary America, as well as the history of New York City.

Some of my previous research has focused on the political economy of popular resistance in New York City during the imperial crisis, the Enlightenment in print in colonial New York, and the cultural conflict between the first generation of native-born, High Church Anglican clergy and the dissenting, secular intelligentsia in the middle colonies during the 1740s and 1750s.

My dissertation explores “history culture” in British North America, specifically colonists' historical memory of seventeenth-century Britain and its role in shaping late-colonial political culture and the rhetoric of resistance during the imperial crisis.

I also write about the intersections between the eighteenth century and our current political culture. I am a Contributing Editor of “The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History" and have contributed to “Publick Occurrences 2.0” at Common-place, the "Journal of the American Revolution," and “The Readex Report." I am also both a contributor and the producer of “The JuntoCast," a monthly podcast about early American history, academia, pedagogy, and public history. Finally, I am currently a Research Assistant at the Papers of Benjamin Franklin at Yale University.

Education

Education
Aug 2011 - Present

PhD Student

Yale University

Dissertation: "'Their history as a part of ours': History Culture and Historical Memory in British America, 1720-1776"

Committee: Joanne B. Freeman, Steven Pincus, Benjamin H. Irvin

Abstract: This dissertation explores the role ofhistory culture and historical memory in shaping late colonial political culture and colonists’ historical memories of seventeenth-century Britain in the development of colonial resistance during the imperial crisis. I argue that history culture and historical memories of seventeenth-century Britain acted as a lens through which colonists refracted their own contemporary political culture. I also argue that those adopted historical memories proved contradictory to the justification of their resistance to British imperial reform during the imperial crisis, forcing colonists to create their own historical memories of the period that would justify their resistance and, eventually, independence.

Aug 2007 - Jun 2011

B.A.

City University of New York

Advisors: Edwin G. Burrows, Darren M. Staloff, Carol Berkin

Work History

Work History
Aug 2013 - Present

Teaching Fellow

Yale University

HIS 116 The American Revolution, 7 lectures, 2 sections, Fall 2013.

  • Lectures: 
    • “The Development of Colonial Resistance, 1765-1770,” Sept. 17. 
    • “Why George Washington Mattered,” Oct. 29.
    • “How the Americans Actually Won the War, Part I,” Oct. 31.
    • “How the Americans Actually Won the War, Part II,” Nov. 5.
    • “War and Society,” Nov. 7.
    • “The States and the Birth of American Constitutionalism,” Nov. 12.
    • “Confederation in Practice: The Flux of the 1780s,” Nov. 14.
May 2011 - Aug 2011

Research Assistant

Brooklyn College (CUNY)

Research Assistant to Edwin G. Burrows.

May 2011 - Jul 2011

Research Assistant

Research Foundation of CUNY
May 2010 - Aug 2010

Research Assistant

Brooklyn College (CUNY)

Research Assistant to Edwin G. Burrows.

May 2009 - Aug 2009

College Assistant

Brooklyn College (CUNY)
May 2008 - Aug 2008

Stacks Manager

A. Phillip Randolph Memorial Library

Certifications

Certifications
May 2011 - Present

Oscar Lloyd Meyerson Medal

City College of New York
May 2010 - Present

Sidney J. Pomerantz Prize

City College of New York
Sep 2011 - Jul 2013

University Fellowship

Yale University
Aug 2012 - Jul 2013

Pierre Jay Wurts Fellowship

Yale University
Aug 2011 - Jul 2012

Danforth Fellowship

Yale University
Sep 2009 - Jun 2011

Thomas W. Smith Academic Fellowship

CUNY Baccalaureate