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Indigenous nations, Dawnland, Puritan New England, Puritan women, Early America
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About Me

I’m an independent scholar, public historian, and contributing editor for New England’s Hidden Histories, a digital history project making thousands of pages of colonial-era New England manuscript church records available through digitization and transcription. I’m also the author of Records of Trial from Thomas Shepard’s Church in Cambridge, 1638-49: Heroic Souls (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). I study the history of Dawnland New England, particularly the founding decades of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, during which time the Indigenous people of the Dawnland began to preserve and protect their history and identity as English puritans created New England, and forms of church and state that would shape American history for better or worse for centuries to come.

I’m currently working on a new book project: Indigenous Measures of Puritan Churches in Dawnland New England.

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Recent Publications

Records of Trial from Thomas Shepard’s Church in Cambridge, 1638-1649: Heroic Souls

“The discovery of a Shepard-era record for First Church Cambridge: Nathaniel Sparhawk’s Deacon’s Book, 1638-1646,” NEHH, Spring 2019 –

“Making Sense of the Shepard Conversion Narratives”, The New England Quarterly,March 2016

Media Coverage
"Heroic Souls", History Camp Boston 2019 - CSPAN "Myths about the New England Puritans",
Country Focus
U.S. and England
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, England, North America, United Kingdom, United States, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
American Founding Era, Colonialism, Gender, Indigenous Peoples, Libraries & Archives, Literary History, Public History, Race, Rebellion & Revolution, Religion, Sexuality, Women