Presidential Research Professor
Fields of Study: Early America; Atlantic World, 1492-1867
Office: Zulauf 613
Education: Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1991
Current Research: My research focuses on migration, religious conflict, gender, and the impact of revolution on early American society, as well as on that of the Atlantic World. Having just finished a book called Two Troubled Souls about an adventuresome married couple traveling in Europe, the Caribbean, and North America during the 18th century, I am now beginning a book about revolution, emancipation, and migration in the Atlantic World during the Age of Revolution (ca. 1776-1830). The new study will address questions about the impact of revolution on migration and slavery throughout the Atlantic region during this transformative era.
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, 1492-1867, which addresses the rise, nature, and transformation of the world made by contacts among 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.