Associate Professor of History and Associate Director, Humanities Research Center, Virginia Commonwealth University.
I'm a historian of early modern Britain and the British Atlantic, with a focus on the colonial Caribbean. My research and teaching interests include slavery and abolition, national identity and imperial citizenship, the British monarchy, and intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in Britain and the British Empire. I'm also the Associate Director of the Humanities Research Center at VCU. https://humanitiescenter.vcu.edu
My publications include, with Gregory D. Smithers, Native Diasporas: Indigenous Identities and Settler Colonialism in the Americas (University of Nebraska Press, 2014), and A Dark Inheritance: Blood, Race, and Sex in Colonial Jamaica (forthcoming from Yale University Press, 2018). Focusing on the island of Jamaica, A Dark Inheritance traces the pervasiveness of questions about blood lineage in debates over the meaning of British subjecthood and its extension to new categories of colonial subjects during the age of slavery.
My current book project, Subjects of the Crown: Slavery, Emancipation, and the British Monarchy, 1760-1840, explores Georgian monarchial perspectives surrounding issues of slavery, race, freedom, and black citizenship. Subjects of the Crown has received funding from the Georgian Papers Programme, a collaboration between the Royal Collection Trust, King's College London, and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the College of William & Mary. https://georgianpapersprogramme.com/fellowships/full_list_fellows/