Graduate Coordinator, Associate Professor
B.A.,1998, Norwich University
M.A., 2001, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Ph.D., 2007, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Academic Research & Teaching
The American Revolution The Constitution and Slavery
Abolition & the Civil War on Film Early National History
Espionage and Treason in the Early Republic The Founders and Religion
Political Biography Conflict and Compromise in Early America
War and Diplomacy in the Early Republic Historical Methods
Women of Influence in Early American Politics Western Thought to 1600
New England Federalists: Widening the Sectional Divide in Jeffersonian America (Farleigh Dickerson University Press, 2017):
Looks at the highly contentious period during Thomas Jefferson’s restrictions on foreign trade. It demonstrates that New England Federalists’ protests over legislation they deemed hostile to their region’s economy began with efforts to repeal the Constitution’s three-fifths ratio for slave representation that generated the free labor, free soil arguments that contributed to New England nationalism and the divide over slavery in the decades before the Civil War.
"Understanding the Essex Junto: Fear, Dissent, and Propaganda in the Early Republic,” The New England Quarterly, Vol. 88: 4 (December 2015): 623-656.
This article chronicles suspicions over political cabals during the revolution that gave birth to the nebulous “Essex Junto,” used to foster fear and doubts about Americans despite political party or geographic location for over five decades.
"Servile Discontents: Slavery and Resistance in Colonial New Hampshire, 1645-1785,” Slavery and Abolition 30:3 (September 2009): 339-60.
Servile Discontents looks at the lives of runaway slaves and the efforts slaveholders took to recapture them to underscore the importance of slave labor and efforts to control human property in one of British America’s smallest northern colonies.