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Luther College
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labor history, artisan labor, Africana studies, business history, agronomics, foodways, material culture, culinary culture, gender history, antebellum, Charleston, Lowcountry
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Recent Publications


 Provisioning Charleston: Race, Labor, and Food in the Antebellum South Carolina Lowcountry (Cambridge University Press, Under Contract).

 Chapter in an Edited Volume

 “’Principle Formed Within the Soul’: The Life and Labor of Maria Stewart, 1803-1879)” in Black Americans in the Age of Emancipation eds. William Horne, Caroline Grego and Lucien Holness (forthcoming).

“The Creolized Kitchen: Interpreting the Life of a Catawba Indian-Made Pan from Urban Charleston, 1800-1830” in Folk and Folks: Variations on the Vernacular ed. Dale Couch (Athens, GA: Georgia Museum of Art), 2018.

Academic Articles

 “Sowing Diversity: The Antebellum Roots of Truck Farming in the Coastal South,” Agricultural History, vol. 94, no. 3 (Summer, 2020).

“Current Trends in African American Business History of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Recent Historiography and Applications of the Field,” History Compass, (December, 2019).

“All-Consuming Provisions: The Role of Charleston’s Grocers in Food Distribution, 1790-1840,” The Proceedings of the South Carolina Historical Association (2017): 31-43.

 Encyclopedia Entries

“Fruits and Vegetables,” “Roasted Meat,” and “The Virginia Housewife,” in World of Antebellum America: A Daily Life Encyclopedia, ed. Alexandra Kindell (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Press, 2018).

Public Facing Writing

“Ed Scott,” “Salley Seymour,” “Eliza Seymour Lee,” BlackPast,, forthcoming.

“Toot! Toot!: My Own Horn on Twitter,” Roundtable on Being a Digitally Engaged Professional, The Panorama: Expansive Views from The Journal of the Early Republic,, March 3, 2020.

“Small Finds, Big Lives,” Black Women’s Studies Association,,
September 28, 2019.

“There and Back Again: The Trans-Atlantic Tomato,” The Recipes Project: Food, Magic, Art,
Science, and Medicine,, September 1, 2018.

“Slow-Churn Democracy: Ice Cream in 18th and 19th Century America,” The Recipes Project: Food, Magic, Art, Science, and Medicine,, May 9, 2017.

“The Emerson Institute: Turn-of-the-Century School for a Rural Black Community,” Presbyterian
Historical Society Newsletter,
February, 2017.

Book Reviews

Review of Glissant and the Middle Passage: Philosophy, Beginning, and Abyss for H-Net Slavery, (forthcoming, 2020).

Review of Catfish Dream: Ed Scott’s Fight for his Family Farm and Racial Injustice in the Mississippi Delta in Agricultural History (forthcoming 2019).

Review of The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South in Essays in History, vol. 52 (2018).

Review of Southern Provisions: The Creation and Revival of a Cuisine in The South Carolina Historical Magazine, vol. 118 no 2 (Spring 2018).

Review of Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine in Coordinating Council of Women Historians Newsletter, vol 49 no 2 (Summer 2018).

Review of The Travelers’ Charleston: Accounts of Charleston and Lowcountry, South Carolina, 1666–1861 in The South Carolina Historical Magazine, vol. 118 no 4 (Winter 2017).

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
Expertise by Topic
American Founding Era, Economic History, Food History, Race, Slavery, Women