University of Wisconsin–Madison


I am a historian of early American and Native American history. Broadly, my research concerns the economic, cultural, and imperial encounters of Indigenous, Dutch, and English peoples in the seventeenth-century northeast borderlands.

My dissertation examines the development of the political economy of Albany, New York, and the ways in which contests among three interrelated groups–Mohawks, elite merchants, and poor/middling traders–shaped that town’s path to becoming a central hub of trade and diplomacy during the eras of Dutch and English rule.


M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., History, Beloit College


  • U.S. History, Native American History

MA Title

  • “Talk Among Neighbors: The Corps of Discovery at Fort Mandan, October 1804 – April 1805”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “‘The entire trade to themselves’: Contested Authority, Intimate Exchanges, and the Political Economy of the Upper Hudson River Region, 1626-1713″

Selected Publications

Professional Affiliation

  • American Historical Association

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 101 – American History to the Civil War
  • History 490 – American Indian History

Courses Taught as Instructor

  • History 101 – American History to the Civil War