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University of Southern Indiana
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Native South, Colonial Trade, Memory, Public History, Indian Slavery, Atlantic World
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About Me

I am an Associate Professor of American History, an Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Southern Indiana, the creator of the River Cities Oral History Project, and co-director of the Community Collaboration and Reparative Justice Project for Southwest Indiana.

Recent Publications


Selling Vero Beach: Settler Myths in the Land of the Aís and Seminole. University of Florida Press, 2024.

Anglo-Native Virginia: Trade, Conversion, and Indian Slavery in the Old Dominion, 1646-1722. University of Georgia Press, Early American Places, 2016.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“Remembering an Indigenous South: Regional Identity, Vero Beach, and Settler Tourism,” Florida Historical Quarterly, Volume 100, Issue 1, Summer 2021, 106-127.

  • Arthur W. Thompson Award, Florida Historical Society, 2022

“Pocahontas and Settler Memorialization of ‘Good Indians,’” The Western Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, Issue 3, Autumn 2021, 281–303.

“The Many Faces of Native Bonded Labor in Colonial Virginia” Native South, Volume 7, July 2014.

“Willingly complyed and removed to the Fort”: The secret history of Anglo-Indian Visions of Virginia’s Southwest,” in Beyond Two Worlds: Thinking with Place, Space, and Landscape in Native North American History, eds. C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa and James Buss, Albany: SUNY Press, in conjunction with their Tribal Worlds: Critical Studies in American Indian Nation Building Series, 2014.

“A Dual Strategy: Conventional and Unconventional Warfare,” in The Routledge Handbook of U.S. Diplomatic and Military History, Colonial Period to 1877, eds Christos Frentzos and Antonio Thompson. New York: Routledge Press, 2014.

Sic jurat transcendere montes (‘Thus he swears to cross the mountains’): Alexander Spotswood, Colonial and Native Diplomacy in the 1722 Albany Peace” in Order and Civility in the Early Modern Chesapeake, eds. Debra Meyers and Melanie Perreault. New York: Lexington Books, 2014.

“Cockacoeske and Sarah: Women and Anglo-Indian Interactions in Early Colonial Virginia,” contributing essay to Virginia Women: Their Lives and Times, edited by Cynthia A. Kierner and Sandy Treadway, Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2015.

 Essays and Other Contributions

 “Cockacoeske,” contributing essay to Oxford Encyclopedia, 2018

“Indian Slavery,” contributing essay to Encyclopedia Virginia, 2015. 

“William Byrd II,” contributing essay to The Encyclopedia of the American Enlightenment, edited by Mark G. Spencer, New York: Continuum Press, 2014.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, Caribbean, North America, United Kingdom, United States, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Pre-17th century, 17th century, 18th century
Expertise by Topic
American Revolution, Colonialism, Gender, Indigenous Peoples, Material Culture, Military, Pedagogy, Public History, Race, Slavery