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My research, teaching, and publications focus on the intertwined histories of enslavement and race in the United States during the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I am especially interested in the ways that political, academic, and religious debates regarding enslavement shaped, and indeed have continued to shape, racialized discourse regarding civic equality.


My current book project, under contract with University of Virginia Press, is entitled, Freedom in Black and White: The Politics of Slavery and Black Expatriation in Nineteenth Century America. It is the first scholarly work to tell, in full, the eighty-year story — from roughly 1816 to 1900 — of political efforts to make Black expatriation a national objective.

In early 2023, I published an article in American Nineteenth Century History entitled “Beyond Antislavery and Proslavery: A New Term, Eventualism, and a Refined Interpretive Approach.”


I have also written reviews for The Journal of the Civil War Era, Journal of the Early Republic, and American Journal of Legal History.


Since earning my PhD, I taught for several years at Stanford University in the History Department, the African and African American Studies Department, and the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. I have also been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri and I spent three months as a fellow at the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello.


I am also a Research Affiliate of the Universities Studying Slavery consortium.


I am based in Charlottesville, Virginia.



PhD, American History

Stanford University

MBA, Finance

The Wharton School

University of Pennsylvania

BA, History

Cum Laude with

Distinction in the Major

Yale University

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