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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 at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville where I teach classes on the American South, Indigenous and Settler relationships from the colonial era to the present, the American Revolution, and the Atlantic World. My current research project is a book on historical memory of indigenous peoples in Florida, particularly the town of Vero Beach, on the Indian River. I am also working with students and communities on a local history project- River Cities Oral History- that seeks to capture stories and popular memory of the Ohio and Wabash River Valley settlements.

Recent Publications


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

“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, Indigenous Peoples, Material Culture, Military, Pedagogy, Public History, Slavery