I am a historian of modern American thought, culture, and politics. My research interests range widely and include the history of philosophy, religion, and literature; print and visual cultures; rallies, riots, and revolutions; citizenship and community as well as exclusion and isolation in the American republic; and the transnational trafficking of ideas.
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 and converse 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
- American Intellectual 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”
- “Solitary Encounters: Making Our Selves and Our Stories,” The Garrison Institute (23 January 2017).
- “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 Blog (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.
- Summer Research Scholarship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Summer 2017
- Graduate School Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Academic Year 2015-2016
- David Hart White Prize in History, 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