University of Wisconsin–Madison

Biography

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.

Education

M.A., 2014, American History, University of Alabama at Birmingham
B.A., 2007, History and Philosophy, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Field

  • United States History

MA Title

  • “‘Duty for to-day, hope for the morrow’: Alexander Crummell’s Communitarian Ideal”

Working Dissertation title

  • “Seeking Solitude: Imagining Self and Society in America”

Selected Publications

Selected Awards

  • 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