2019-present  Assistant Professor of History, Simmons University


Early Modern Atlantic, 1500-1800
African American History/Race
Digital Humanities
Public History
Digital History
History of Medicine
Legal History


2012 Ph.D. & MA,  University of New Hampshire
2005 M.A & MS (Archives), Simmons College
2000 B.A. (Dept. Hons), Simmons College



The Selected Papers of James Ramsay (Athens: University of Georgia Press, Under Contract).
Imagining George Whitefield: Race, Revivalism, and the Making of a Religious Icon. (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2015; paperback Nov. 2016).


“Plotting Piety: Religious Spaces and the Mapping of George Whitefield’s World,” Wesley and Methodist Studies, 8:2 (June 2016): 120-134

Essays and Chapters

“George Whitefield,” Travis Burnham, ed, Oxford Biographies in Atlantic History
(NY: Oxford University Press, 2017).
“The Evolution of the Franco-American Alliance and France’s Military Contribution.” Christos Frentzos and Antonio Thompson, eds, The Routledge Handbook of U.S. Diplomatic and Military History, Colonial Period to 1877 (New York: Routledge, 2014).
“Freeborn Americans: the Rise of the Urban Wage Earner in the Early Republic, 1788-1830.” Andrew Frank, ed, The Early Republic: People and Perspectives. New York: ABC- CLIO, 2008).

Encyclopedia Entries

“Eulogies,” “Mourning,” Traveling Preachers,” and “Religious Services in Military Camps,” Lisa Tendrich Frank, ed, Encyclopedia of the American Civil War. (New York” ABC- Clio, July 2015).
“Samuel Gridley Howe,” and “The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass.” Paul Finkelman and L. Diane Barnes, eds., Encyclopedia of African American History: From the Colonial Period through the Age of Frederick Douglass.Vol. 2. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006).

Book Reviews

Review of George Whitefield: Life, Context, and Legacy, by Geordan Hammond and David Ceri Jones, eds, Church History and Religious Culture (forthcoming).
Review of Anglicizing America: Empire, Revolution, Republic, by Ignacio Gallup-Diaz, Andrew Shankman, and David J. Silverman, eds, Journal of Southern History, 82:2 (May 2016).
Review of Slaves and Englishmen: Human Bondage in the Early Modern Atlantic World.The Historian, by Michael Guasco (forthcoming)
Review Essay, Native Apostles: Black and Indian Missionaries in the British Atlantic World, by Edward Andrews and English Letters and Indian Literacies: Reading, Writing, and New England Missionary Schools, 1750-1830, by Hilary Wyss. William and Mary Quarterly 3rd Ser., 71, no. 3 (Oct. 2014): 645-649.
Review of Creole Indigeneity: Between Myth and Nation in the Caribbean, by Shona N. Jackson.Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies,16, no. 3 (2014)
Review of Thomas Paine: Enlightenment, Revolutions, and the Birth of Modern Nations, by Craig T. Nelson, NEHA News, 35, no. 2 (October 2009)
Review of Freedom’s Empire; Race and the Rise of the Novel in Atlantic Modernity, 1640- 1940, by Laura Boyle. Atlantic Studies: Literary, Cultural, and Historical Perspectives,6, no. 2 (Winter 2009)
Review Essay, Saltwater Slavery: a Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora, by Stephanie Smallwood and An African Republic: Black and White Virginians in the Making of Liberia, by Marie Tyler-McGraw. Journal of the Early Republic, 29, no. 1 (Spring 2009): 193-186


2020 Grant

Ifill College, Simmons University

2019 Scholarship

Digital Humanities Summer Institute

2019 USFCF Grant

Simmons University

2019 Archie K. Davis Fellowship

Caroliniana Society

2019 Florence Bell Scholar Award

Methodist Archives

2018 Grant

SURE Fellowship, Simmons University

2018 Publication

Grant, American Association of University Women (alternate)

2018 National Endowment for the Humanities, Slavery and the Constitution Institute
2018 2017 Digital Humanities Award; as part of The Programming Historian’s Editorial Team
2016 American Congregational Association, Boston Athenaeum/Congregational Library
2016 National Endowment for the Humanities, Doing Digital History Institute
2015 Fellow, Royal Historical Society
2015 Travel Scholarship, Congregational Library, Boston, MA
2015 John Hope Franklin Grant, John Hope Franklin Research Center, Duke University
2011 Annette K. Baxter Grant, American Studies Association
2010 Gunst-Wilcox Research Grant. Department of History. University of New Hampshire
2009-2010 Visiting Researcher, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
2009 Gunst-Wilcox Research Grant, Department of History, University of New Hampshire
2009 Washington College Fellowship in Early American History, Boston Athenaeum
2009 Helen Watson Buckner Fellowship, John Carter Library, Brown University [Declined]
2009 Gilder Lehrman Short-Term Fellowship, New-York Historical Society
2008 Paul Cuffe Memorial Fellowship, Munson Institute of Mystic Seaport
2008 Steelman Fellowship, Department of History, University of New Hampshire
2005-2009 Teaching Assistantship, Department of History, University of New Hampshire
2005 Research Assistantship, Simmons School of Information Science
2005 Research Assistantship, Simmons College Graduate School of Arts and Sciences


May 2020 Invited Paper,“The Geographies of Emancipation: The Limitations of Geospatial Technology in Mapping Black Thought,” The Age of Revolutions in a Digital Age Conference, Thomas Paine Studies Institute, Iona College, 13-14 May.
Dec 2019 Invited Participant, CUE.Next Workshop, Washington, D.C., 5-6 Dec.
Nov 2019 Invited Paper: “Writing to and From the Revolution: Black Republicanism and the Failures of the American Revolution, 1775-1820,” Oxford Early American Republic Seminar, Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University, United Kingdom, 6 Nov.
Oct 2019 Invited Participant: Slavery in the Classroom, fall 2019 meeting of the New England Historical Association, Roger Williams University, RI
Oct 2019 Plenary: “Digitizing Incarceration: a Database of Unfreedoms,” Lapidus Center Slavery Conference, New York, NY, with Amber Stubbs
June 2019 Invited Presenter: Data Management Plans for Historians, Omohundro Institute Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
June 2019 Invited Presenter, with Amber Stubbs: Applied Programming Interfaces for the Social Sciences, Social Science Librarians Boot Camp, Tufts University.
Apr 2019 “Recovering a Fragmented Past: Geospatial Technology in Mapping Black Thought, 1760-1860,” spring 2019 meeting of the New England Historical Association, University of Southern Maine
Jan 2019 “ To Drink Samaria’s Flood: Redemption Narratives and the Creation of Black Theo-Political Spaces in the Early Modern British Atlantic,” American Society of Church Historians, Chicago, IL.
May 2018 Invited Participant: “A Great White Hope?: Cotton, Colonialism, and Catechism in Anglo-American Visions of West Africa,” Altruism and its Discontents Workshop, North American Conference on British Studies, Providence, RI
May 2018 Workshop: Planning Digital Initiatives for Small Libraries and Museums, York County Community College, ME
Mar. 2018 “Land of Promise:” Respectability Politics in Alexander Crummell’s Liberia, Boston College’s Biennial Conference on the History of Religion
Mar. 2018 “Land of Promise:” Black Missionaries, Africa, and Respectability Politics in the Geography of Emancipation,” annual meeting of the African American Intellectual Historical Society, Brandeis University
Feb. 2018 Invited Talk: HistoryMakers as Leaders, The HistoryMakers Faculty Advisory Board, NYC
Feb. 2018 Invited Workshop: Digital Pedagogy and Public History, American Studies Department, Yale University
Nov. 2017 Digital Preservation and Programs, York County Community College
Oct. 2017 Panelist, Critical Cartography Across the Digital Library, Digital Library Federation Forum
Apr. 2017 Let Us Not Sell Our Birthrights: Mapping Black Theo-Political Thought During the American Revolution, annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians; Sponsored by the Society of United States Intellectual History; panel co-organizer.
Mar. 2017 THATCamp New England 2017 Co-Organizer (Teaching With Podcasts Workshop)
Dec. 2016 Invited Paper: Origins of a Cultural Matrix, Yale Early American History Seminar
Nov. 2016 Book Talk: Inventing George Whitefield: Race, Revivalism, and the Making of a Religious Icon, Simmons College.
Oct. 2016 Workshop: Digitally Inflicted Courses: a Digital History Pedagogy, fall meeting of the New England Historical Association
Oct. 2016 Fellowship Talk: The Evolution of Black Thought in the British Atlantic, Boston Athenaeum
Apr. 2016 Respondent: “The Citadel Itself: American Protestant Defense of the Sanctity of the Mind, 1820-1870,” Boston Historians of American Religions Seminar, Boston University.
Apr. 2016 Book Talk: Inventing George Whitefield: Race, Revivalism, and the Making of a Religious Icon. Congregational Library (Boston, MA). 12 April 2016.
Apr. 2016 Respondent: “Race Matters.” Spring Meeting of the New England Historical Association, Middlebury College.
Mar. 2016 “Race and Repentance: the Evolution of Black Theo-Political Thought, 1760-1820,” Boston Historians of American Religions Seminar, Boston University.
Jan. 2016 Respondent: “George Washington and the Rules of Tolerance,” Boston Historians of American Religions Seminar, Boston University.
Jan. 2016 “Religion and Social Networks, 1680-1765,” Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association. Co-sponsored by the American Society for Church History and the North American Council for British Studies
Nov. 2015 Book Talk: Inventing George Whitefield: Race, Revivalism, and the Making of a Religious Icon, Portsmouth Athenaeum (NH).
Nov. 2015 Invited Paper: “Dispensations of Providence: the Evolution of New England’s Religious Social Networks, 1640-1775,” presented at the Omohundro Institute for  Early American History and Culture, College of William and Mary.
Dec. 2014 “Plotting Piety: Mapping the World of George Whitefield,” Boston Historians of American Religions Seminar, Boston University.
Jun. 2014 Invited Paper: “Plotting Piety: Mapping George Whitefield and History  Contemporaries.” George Whitefield at 300: An International Tercentenary  Conference, Pembroke College, Oxford University, England.
Apr. 2014 Commentator: “Eighteenth-Century New England.” Spring conference of the New England Historical Association, Springfield College, MA.
Apr. 2013 “’Twas Mercy Brought Me from my Pagan Land:’ Religion and Racial Hierarchies in the Black Atlantic.” Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Cleveland, OH
Feb. 2013 “Colonial George and the Evolution of George Whitefield’s Pro-Slavery Thought.” Biennial Meeting of the Society of Early Americanists, Savannah, GA; also served as panel co-organizer.
Oct. 2012 Chair and Commentator: “Religious Controversies.” Fall conference of the New England Historical Association, Merrimack College, North Andover, MA
Apr. 2012 “‘Only Dire Necessity Could Drive Me to it:’ Henry Laurens and the Problem of Slavery in Revolutionary South Carolina.” Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Milwaukee, WI.
Oct. 2011 “‘…Under God, the Province will Flourish:’ the Role of Colonial Georgia in the Transformation of George Whitefield.” Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, Baltimore, MD; also served as panel co-organizer
Nov. 2010 “‘Baptism of Slaves Doth not Exempt them from Bondage:’ the Conversion of Slaves in Colonial Virginia.” Second Biennial Conference on Race, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ; also served as panel organizer
May 2010 “On the Margins of Empire: the Specter of Black Mobility in the Age of Reason.” Graduate Forum at the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
Apr. 2010 Fellowship Talk: “‘…and Grace Invites him to Assert His Freedom:’ Charles-Town as a  Spiritual Epicenter to the Specter of Black Mobility.” Boston Athenaeum.

Teaching Experience (Selected)

Experience includes developing and teaching online and hybrid courses. I also co-developed UNH Manchester’s Public History minor, which received approval of the Curriculum Committee in February 2016.

2017-2018 Simmons College, Boston (Lecturer)
2017-2018 Simmons College, Boston (Adjunct)
2015-2017 University of New Hampshire, Manchester (Public History Project Coordinator)
2012-2015 University of New Hampshire, Manchester (Adjunct)
2014-2015 Emmanuel College, Boston (Adjunct)
2011-2013 Granite State College, Concord, NH (PT Lecturer)
2011-2013 Southern New Hampshire University (Online Instructor)
2007-2009 University of New Hampshire, Durham (Instructor)
2005-2007 University of New Hampshire, Durham (Teaching Assistant)

Courses Taught

American Enlightenment
Comparative Slavery
American Revolution
Digital History
Issues in Public History
Material Culture
Race and Ethnicity
Comparative Slavery
Themes in African History
Medicine and the African American Experience
Transatlantic Slave Trade
World History to 1450
World History Since 1650


2016-2017 Diversity & Inclusion Committee, University of New Hampshire at Manchester
2007-2008 Graduate Committee, University of New Hampshire at Durham


Digital History Training:

2016 Doing Digital History Institute Workshop, National Endowment for the Humanities
2016 TEI, THISCamp, Omohundro Institute Annual Conference.
2014 Digital Stewardship, Simmons College School of Information Science (course audit)

Exhibits and Digital Humanities Projects

2017-2019 Teulu Familyar Family Along the Fall Line Road (internet documentary)
2004 Online Exhibit Curator: “Frank Palmer Sphere: Educational Visionary.” Northeastern University  Archives and Special Collections Department
2004 Online Exhibit Curator [with Natalia Garza, Michelle Light, and Molly Overholt]: “We Raise Our Voices: Celebrating Activism for Equality and Pride in Boston’s African-American,Feminist, Gay and Lesbian, and Latino Communities.” Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Department
2000 Assisted with “Pilgrims, Patriots, and Products.” Historic New England

Public History/Archives Experience

2016-present Place Project Assistant, University of New Hampshire at Durham
Duties: Prepare digital objects for ingest, produce  metadata, research and identify new technologies that would be useful for the project. Develop workflows. Communicate with stakeholders.

Program Development for Public History minor, University of New Hampshire at Manchester. 

Duties: Co-developed UNHM’s new public history minor (launched fall 2016). Curriculum development. Project management for the program. Serve as a liaison to other academic programs and offices. Student advising and community outreach.

2005 Archives Assistant, Institute Archives, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. 

Duties: Preliminary stabilization of new manuscript collections. Creation of processing plans.

2004 Library Assistant, Horticultural Library of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Jamaica Plain, MA 2002-2003; Intern. 

Duties: Created a preservation plan. Processed manuscript collections. Updated finding aids and converted them to EAD. Revision of collection-level catalog records (MARC).

2003 Processing Assistant, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine of Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 

Duties: Processed a small manuscript collection. Assisted with the cataloging of a photographic collection.

2001-2004 Archives Assistant, Archives and Special Collections, Northeastern University 

Duties: Supervised the reading room and assisted researchers. Responded to reference requests. Processed manuscript and archival collections. Co-wrote an EAD template, and converted finding aids to EAD.  Created online exhibits.

2002-2004 Tour Guide, William Hickling Prescott House, Boston, MA [seasonal] 

Duties: Led history tours of a federalist mansion in Boston.

2000-2001 Library and Archives Assistant, Historic New England, 2000-2001 

Duties: Managed permissions and image use. Responded to researcher queries. Digitization of photographs.

2000 Facing History and Ourselves, Brookline, MA [intern] 

Duties: Photographic research for a guide on the Armenian Genocide. Assisted with the development of high school curriculum.


Common Good Reads Initiative, Massachusetts Council for Humanities.
Old South Presbyterian Church, Newburyport, MA.
Civil War Roundtable, Lynn, MA


2017-present Contributor, Black Perspectives
2017-present Editorial Board, The Programming Historian
2017-2018 Managing Editor, The Programming Historian
2016-2018 Executive Board, New England Historical Association
2014-present Contributor, The Junto: a Group Blog on Early American history
2013-present List Editor, H-Atlantic
2011-2014 Contributing Historian, More than a MAPP []

Peer Review

Wesley and Methodist Studies, Religion
Grants: National Historic Publications and Records Commission
Textbook: Oxford University Press
Manuscript Proposal: Pickering and Chatto


Book Interview, New Books in History Network, with Franklin Rausch, 22 February 2016
Book Interview,The Historians Podcast with Bob Cudmore, 19 July 2015
“George Whitefield, a Revolutionary Hero?” History News Network 30 June 2015
“Searching for an American Divine,” The Christian Century, 10 June 2015
“‘Everyone is Orthodox to Himself: George Whitefield and the Limits of Lockean Toleration,” British and Irish Studies Intelligencer, North American Conference on British Studies, 13 May 2015.
Book Interview, Ben Franklin’s World with Liz Covart, Episode 25, April 2015.
“God’s Tender Mercies: Redemptive Language, Print Culture, and Universal Salvation in Early Black Consciousness,” True Yankees Blog Spot, 28 March 2015.
Guest Post: “Reclaiming a Buried Past: Slavery, Memory, Public History, and Portsmouth’s African Burying Ground,” The Junto: a Group Blog in Early American History, 18 September 2014.
Guest Post: “George Whitefield at 300: Conference Recap,” The Junto: a Group Blog in Early American History, 10 July 2014.


Reading: French and German
Translation Experience: French, German, Spanish, Dutch, and Welsh


Zotero, Endnote, Voyager, Millennium, Winnebago, Windows Suite, Data Cleaning, OCR/Abbyy, JHOVE, Omeka, Neatline, Geolocation, Curatescape, WordPress, Carto, OCR, EAD, TEI, MARC, AACR2, Dublin Core, FGDC, NISO, METS, ISO 19115, XML/XSTL, CSS, HTML, Javascript, Gephi. Learning R, Python, and PhP.  Familiarity with Fedora and GIS standards.