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Last Name
Patrick Henry Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History
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American Revolution, Military History, Canadian History, Native American History, Early American History
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Personal Info

About Me

I am a cultural historian focusing on war and colonialism in eighteenth-century North America. My dissertation, which I am developing into a book, is a microhistorical study centered around the death of Jane McCrea. This project examines how during the American Revolutionary War Native Americans, colonists, and Europeans asserted political sovereignty by claiming culturally distinct codes of violence. In this project and in my research more generally, I investigate the development of ideas of race and those ideas’ relationship to practices of intercultural brokerage, captivity, and warfare. I am especially interested in how visual and material sources can illuminate the intersections between global political events and the lives of individuals, both well-known and obscure.
I received my PhD from Princeton University, and my work has also been supported by funding from the Fort Ticonderoga Museum, the John Carter Brown Library, the Omohundro Institute, the Winterthur Museum and Library, and the David Center for the American Revolution at the American Philosophical Society.

Recent Publications

Scholarly Articles

“Hilliard d’Auberteuil’s Mis Mac Rea: A Story of the American Revolution in the French Atlantic,” William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 79, no. 4 (October 2022)

“Kahnawake-French Diplomacy and the Multiple Meanings of the American Revolutionary War in the Northeast,” in Underrepresented Voices of the American Revolution, ed. Cassie Cloutier, Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai, and Serena Zabin (in preparation).

Public Media

“What Can Jane McCrea Tell Us about the American Revolution Today?” The Saratoga County Compass blogpost, December 1, 2021

“An American Frontier in Paris” forthcoming in the second season of OAH’s Intervals podcast, 2022-23

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States, Canada
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, British Isles, France, North America
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
American Revolution, American Founding Era, Colonialism, Diplomacy, Gender, Indigenous Peoples, Material Culture, Military, Race, Rebellion & Revolution, Slavery, Women