I study nineteenth century American political and social history during the antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction eras. My historical interests include slavery and emancipation in the United States, as well as the trans-Atlantic dimensions of the American antislavery movement. More generally, my research focuses on the ways in which ideas, social realities, and political principles and policy interact to affect change, especially in relation to the history of antislavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction in the United States and the larger Atlantic world.
Before coming to Princeton, I received a B.A. in history with high honors (and a minor in French) from the University of Michigan, where I wrote an award-winning honors thesis on how prominent Michigan newspapers covered the development of antislavery policy during the American Civil War.