I study 19th century United States history, specializing primarily in political and social history of the antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction eras. General historical interests include slavery, antislavery, emancipation, and the trans-Atlantic dimensions of the American abolitionist movement. My dissertation research focuses on the intersection of fugitive slave activism and the development of antislavery politics from the 1830s through the Civil War.
During spring 2018, I completed general exams in the fields of U.S. History (1787-1877), Colonial North America and the Caribbean, and Intellectual History of 19th Century Reform.
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 evolution of antislavery policy during the American Civil War.
"'Moral Electricity': Melvil-Bloncourt and the Trans-Atlantic Struggle for Abolition and Equal Rights," Slavery & Abolition (2018), 1-20.