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University of Cambridge
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consumerism, material culture, consumer citizenship, consumer society, early American republic
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About Me

I am a PhD Candidate in American History at the University of Cambridge. I am interested in the politics of consumerism, material culture, nationhood, and citizenship in the early America. My thesis is entitled “The Politics of Material Culture in the Early Republic, 1800-15.” A firm believer in the importance of engaging with the public as academics, I have completed internships in museum, curatorial, archival, and historic preservation with Colonial Williamsburg, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and the National Park Service’s Park History/Maritime Heritage and National Historic Landmark Programs. I received my MPhil in American History from Cambridge and my BA in History with a NIAHD Certificate in Early American History, Material Culture, and Museum Studies from the College of William & Mary.

Recent Publications

Contributor, Feast & Fast: The Art of Food in Europe, 1500-1800, eds. Victoria Avery and Melissa Calaresu (London: PWP, 2019).

  • Author, “Fair trade, slavery and the politics of sugar,” 82-83.
  • with Victoria Avery and Melissa Calaresu, “Food and politics,” 226-227.
  • with Victoria Avery, “Gillray’s Substitutes for Bread,” 228.
  • with Victoria Avery, “The Uncharitable Monopolizer,” 229.

Doing History in Public Posts:

“14. The Ace of Spades,” Advent Calendar 2019, Doing History in Public, 14 December 2019,

“Review: The Museum of the American Revolution,” Doing History in Public, 1 October 2019,

“‘No Stamp Act’: Pots and Politics in Early America,” Doing History in Public, 2 July 2019,

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, North America, United Kingdom, United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
American Revolution, American Founding Era, Capitalism, Economic History, Gender, Material Culture, Museums, Politics, Public History, Race, Rebellion & Revolution, Slavery, Women