My specialization is U.S. intellectual and cultural history. My research interests range widely and include the history of philosophy, religion, and literature; print and visual cultures; rallies, riots, and revolutions; the meaning of citizenship and community as well as exclusion and isolation in the American republic; and the transnational trafficking of ideas. I am currently working on a history of the idea and practice of solitude in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American thought and culture.
My approach to history is a philosophical one: my research and writing explores ideas and intellectual practices in the past in order to better understand how we ought to live in our present moment, and I am especially keen to engage with readers and publics outside of academia.
M.A., 2014, American History, University of Alabama at Birmingham
B.A., 2007, History and Philosophy, University of Alabama at Birmingham
- United States History
- “‘Duty for to-day, hope for the morrow’: Alexander Crummell’s Communitarian Ideal”
Working Dissertation title
- “Seeking Solitude: Imagining Self and Society in America”
- “Isolation, Loneliness, and Solitude: Hannah Arendt’s Triumvirate,” Tocqueville21 (19 July 2020).
- “Will COVID-19 Strengthen Our Bonds?,” Guernica Magazine (12 May 2020).
- “For Rachel Carson, Wonder Was a Radical State of Mind,” Aeon (27 September 2019).
- “Solitary Encounters: Making Our Selves and Our Stories,” The Garrison Institute (23 January 2018).
- “Solitary Contemplation, a Political Act,” Public Seminar (19 December 2017).
- “The Courage to Be in Solitude,” The Garrison Institute (19 December 2017).
- “The Difference between Loneliness and Solitude,” The Garrison Institute (14 November 2017).
- “A Short History of Walking,” The Garrison Institute (11 October 2017).
- “Listening to Silence, Hearing the Unspeakable,” The Garrison Institute (12 September 2017).
- “Before You Can Be With Others, First Learn to Be Alone,” Aeon (11 July 2017).
- “Stranger Things Have Happened: Hope in Alabama’s Senate Race,” Weld (1-8 June 2017): 14.
- Minna Grotophorst Willis Fellowship, History Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Fall 2019
- Graduate School Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Academic Year 2018-2019
- Summer Research Scholarship, History Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Summer 2017
- Graduate School Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Academic Year 2015-2016
- College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Graduate Student in History, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2014
- David Hart White Prize in History, History Department, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2014
Courses Taught as TA
- History 461 – The American West to 1850
Courses Taught as Instructor
- History 102 — Western Civilization, 1450-Present, University of Alabama at Birmingham
- History 120 — U.S. History to 1877, University of Alabama at Birmingham