Assistant Professor; On Leave at the American Antiquarian Society for the 2021-22 Academic Year
U.S. History, 1820-1860; Capitalism; Slavery; Money
PhD, Department of History, Brown University, 2021
Dissertation: "Minting America: The Politics, Technology, and Culture of Money in the Early United States."
Awarded the History Department Distinguished Dissertation Award.
BA, Connecticut College, New England, CT, 2012.
Majors: History and Philosophy.
History Department Prize in U. S. History
Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University, 2021-
Hench Post-Dissertation Fellow, American Antiquarian Society, July 2021-July 2022
"'Every Dollar Brought From the Earth': Money, Slavery, and Southern Gold Mining," Journal of the Early Republic, forthcoming.
Roundtable review of Jeremy Zallen, American Lucifers:The Dark History of Artificial Lights, 1750-1865, H-Environment Reviews, forthcoming.
Review of Caitlin Rosentghal, Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management, Journal of the Early Republic 40, no.2(Summer 2020): 382-85.
"Lost Museums," with Steven Lubar, Lukas Rieppel, and Kathrinne Duffy, introduction to a special issue of The Museum History Journal, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2017, pp. 1-14.
2021 Upcoming: "William M. Gouge, Federal Regulator?" Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, July 2021 (postponed from July 2020)
2020 "Democratic Political Machines: Hard Money, Partisan Politics, and Technological Change at the US Mint in the Era of the Bank War." Workshop on Early American Money, William R. Rhodes Center for International Economics and Finance, October 2021.
2019 “’The United States Government shall establish a market for all the gold dug at the South’: Gold Mining as Central Banking in the Age of Hard Money.” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Annual Meeting, Cambridge, MA, July 2019.
2019 “Mining Gold, Making Money: Hard Money Politics and the Southern Gold Rush, 1825-1848.” Political History Conference, Harrisburg, PA, May 2019. (paper read in absentia.)
2019 “Safe, Stable, and Uniform: Manufacturing Money at the US Mint, 1839-1843.” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 2019 (panel organizer).
2019 “Men of Honor and Intrinsic Worth”: Honor, Trust, and Money at the New Orleans Mint.” Business History Conference, Cartagena, Colombia, March 2019.
2018 “’Men of Honor and Intrinsic Worth’: Personal and Institutional Authority at the New Orleans Mint, 1839-1848.” Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO, November 2018.
2018 Commentator. Risk and Loss in Eighteenth-Century Britain, North American Conference for British Studies Annual Meeting, Providence, RI, October 2018.
2018 “Slavery, Southern Gold Mining, and the Making of American Currency, 1827-1848.” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Annual Meeting, Cleveland, OH, July 2018.
2018 "Women and the Business of Gold Mining in the Antebellum U.S.” Business History Conference, Baltimore, MD, March 2018.
Workshops and Seminars
2021 Presenter, Early American Republic Seminar, Oxford University, January 27th, 2021.
2020 Organizer and Presenter, “The Democratic Machine: Hard Money, Partisan Politics, and Technological Change at the US Mint, 1828-1836,” Early American Money Workshop, October 2020.
2019 Presenter, "Banking on Gold: Slavery, Coins, and Southern Mining, 1828-1858." Brown Early American History Workshop, May 2019.
2018 Participant, SHEAR graduate seminar, Capitalism and Market Culture, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Annual Meeting, Cleveland, OH, July 2018.
2018 Participant, Doctoral Colloquium, Business History Conference, Baltimore, March MD, 2018.
2015 Presenter, "Imperfect Proofs: Kidnapping and Slavery in the Antebellum Courtroom,” Brown Early American History Workshop, March 2015.
Honors & Awards
2021 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Presidential History, Southern Methodist University (declined).
2021 Postdoctoral Fellow, Program in Early American Economy and Society, Library Company of Philadelphia. (postponed due to COVID).
2021 Research Fellow, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. (postponed due to COVID).
2018 Short Term Fellow, Program in Early American Economy and Society, Library Company of Philadelphia.
2018 Lapides Short-Term Fellow, American Antiquarian Society.
2018 Short Term Research Fellow, American Philosophical Society.
2018 Short-Term Research Fellow, The New York Public Library.
2018 Andrew Oliver Research Fellow, Massachusetts Historical Society.
2018 Travel Grant, Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting.
2019-2020 Proctor, William R. Rhodes Center for International Economics and Finance at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University.
2018 Joukowsky Summer Research Travel Award, Brown University.
2017-2018 Hazeltine Entrepreneurial Research Fellowship, Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, Brown University.
2017 Graduate Summer Scholars Fund, Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, Brown University.
2016 Graduate Travel Fund, History Department, Brown University.
2015 Graduate Travel Fund, History Department, Brown University.
Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA:
2020 Instructor, HIST 2111: US History Through 1877, Fall 2020.
Format: Synchronous online
Summer@Brown, Providence, RI:
2018 Instructor, Follow the Money: Finance in American Life, Summer 2018. Brown University, Providence, RI:
2018 Teaching Assistant, History of Capitalism, Fall 2018.
2018 Grader, The Shared History of Slavery and Capitalism, IE Brown Executive MBA Program, Spring 2018.
2017 Teaching Assistant, American Empire Since 1890, Spring 2017.
2016 Teaching Assistant, Locked Up: A Global History of Prisons, Fall 2016.
2016 Teaching Assistant, American Legal and Constitutional History, Spring 2016.
2015 Teaching Assistant, History of Capitalism, Fall 2015.
University and Academic Service
2020 Organizer, with Seth Rockman, Workshop on Early American Money, William R. Rhodes Center for International Economics and Finance, November 5-6, 2020. (cancelled, now occurring in fall 2020 as a digitally based weekly workshop series).
2019 Peer Reviewer for Historical Society of Pennsylvania's scholarly magazine, the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography.
2016 Guest Co-Editor (with Steven Lubar, Lukas Rieppel, and Kate Duffy), Museum History Journal special issue on “Lost Museums,” May 2015-December 2016.
2015 Organizing Committee, “Lost Museums: Symposium on the Ephemerality & Afterlives of Museums & Collections,” Brown University, Providence, RI, May 2015.
2015-16 Brown University, History Department, Graduate Committee Representative, 2015-2016.