I have contributed an entry on the Underground Railroad to the forthcoming four-volume research encyclopedia Race and Ethnicity in America: From Pre-contact to Present, edited by Russell Lawson and Benjamin Lawson (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, October 2019).

I have also written numerous book reviews:

  • A review of Jay Sexton’s A Nation Forged by Crisis: A New American History for H-CivWar.
  • A review of Dwight Pitcaithley’s edited volume The U.S. Constitution and Secession: A Documentary Anthology of Slavery and White Supremacy for H-FedHist.
  • The Dark Side of the American Revolution,” a popular audience review of Robert Parkinson’s The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution for the GC Advocate.


Look out for forthcoming reviews in The Southern Historian and H-War.


credit: Josiah Ryan

I have also written several essays for online history publications:

  • I recently wrote an essay for The Blog of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society on fiction, pedagogy, and twenty-first century immigration. It was a winner of the 2019 Immigration and Ethnic History Society Annual Graduate Student Blog Competition.
  • In October 2018 I wrote an essay for The Activist History Review that drew connections between my research on resistance against the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law and  resistance to draconian immigration policies in the present day.
  • In April 2018 I reported for Muster: Blog of the Journal of the Civil War Era on an OAH ‘State of the Field’ Roundtable on Abolition and Emancipation. In the essay I explored some fundamental divides in the historiography on emancipation.
  • In July 2017, I wrote an essay for The Activist History Review examining 70 years worth of scholarship on fugitive slaves during the American Revolution.



Since 2014, I have served as a researcher and research assistant on a range of projects related to eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth century U.S. history, museum exhibitions, and genealogy.


updated July 2019