Fields of Study: Early America; Atlantic World, 1492-1867
Office: Zulauf 613
Education: Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1991
Current Research: I am working on two projects related to the Atlantic World, 1492-1860s. The first is a book-length study of the entire subject, and the second is a microhistory of a French Swiss and German couple traveling from Europe to the Americas from the 1720s to the 1770s. Both were religious seekers who got involved with numerous radical groups on both sides of the Atlantic, as they preached to Protestants, Jews, African slaves, and Indians from New York to St. Thomas to Suriname. They became involved in numerous sex and marriage scandals, real estate swindles, counterfeiting, faith healing of people and animals, and disputes over insanity.
Teaching Interests: I teach courses in two areas. The first is early America, which includes the study of Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans primarily in eastern North America from early colonization until the early 19th century. Of special interest here is identifying the kind of colonial society that developed up to the mid-18th century and then the nature of change that occurred thereafter as a result of the American Revolution. The second area is the Atlantic World, 1492-1860s, which addresses the rise, nature, and transformation of the world made by contacts between Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans on the four continents and the Atlantic Ocean during this period.
Affiliate, Women’s Studies Program
Link to Atlantic World Discussion Group page.