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Mount Holyoke College
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Native American, Indigenous, colonial, environmental, memory, violence, material culture, museums, decolonizing methodologies
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About Me

I am an historian at Mount Holyoke College, located in the Kwinitekw (Connecticut) River Valley.  I use my scholarship and teaching to build stronger understandings of Indigenous peoples–past and present–and the complex relationships they have developed with place, heritage, and colonization.  I explore the stories diverse communities tell about history, and how accountings of the past can assist us in creating more just and sustainable futures for humans and the earth.

I live and work in the Native Northeast/New England.  I am committed to highlighting new approaches to this region as well as its far-reaching connections to North American and global communities.

Recent Publications

Book: Memory Lands: King Philip’s War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast (Yale University Press, 2018)

Articles and Essays:

“Fugitive Collections in New England Indian Country: Indigenous Material Culture and Early American History Making at Ezra Stiles’s Yale Museum.”  The William and Mary Quarterly3rd ser., Vol. 75, No. 1 (Jan. 2018): 109-150.

“An ‘Indian Fishing Weir’ at Musketaquid: Marking Northeastern Indigenous Homelands and Colonial Memoryscapes.”  Gallery Essay.  Environmental History, Vol. 23, No. 1 (Jan. 2018): 184-198.

“Antiquarian Collecting and the Transits of Indigenous Material Culture: Rethinking ‘Indian Relics’ and Tribal Histories.”  Object Lessons feature, Common-place: The Journal of Early American Life, Vol. 17, No. 2 (Spring 2017)

“Locating Kickemuit: Springs, Stone Memorials, and Contested Placemaking in the Northeastern Borderlands.”  Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, special issue on early American environments, Vol. 13, No. 2 (Spring 2015): 467-502.

“The Sound of Violence: Music of King Philip’s War and Memories of Settler Colonialism in the American Northeast.”  Common-place: The Journal of Early American Life, special issue on early American music, Vol. 13, No. 2 (Winter 2013):

“Placing Joseph Bruchac: Native Literary Networks and Cultural Transmission in the Contemporary Northeast.”  Studies in American Indian Literatures, special issue on Indigenous New England, Vol. 24, No. 3 (Fall 2012): 71-96.

“The Memory Frontier: Uncommon Pursuits of Past and Place in the Northeast after King Philip’s War.”  The Journal of American History, Vol. 98, No. 4 (March 2012): 975-997

“Border Crossings: Telling Indian Histories at the Frontière.”  Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice, Vol. 16, No. 1 (March 2012): 134-139

“Getting the Story Straight: Press Coverage of Italian-American Lynchings from 1856-1910.”  Italian Americana, Vol. 21, No. 2 (2003): 212-221

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
Pre-17th century, 17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Early Modern, Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Environment, Genocide, Local & Regional, Museums, Public History, Slavery