I was always interested in history but actually started as a student of International Relations. One day I realised that I was spending all of my free time reading history books. It dawned on me that by switching to history, my leisure and studies would be united.
I grew up in San Francisco, California and received my Ph.D. from the University of Texas. I taught at several institutions in the US before coming to Essex in 2015.
I am working on my third book, which examines the involvement of North American merchants in the transatlantic slave trade from 1644-1865. I am also involved in the SHADD Biographies Project, a collaborative effort by historians on four continents to collect, transcribe, and publish the autobiographical testimonies of Africans from the era of the slave trade. Our work has received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada and is scheduled to be completed in 2017.
I am accepting M.A. and Ph.D. students who are interested in studying New World slavery and the transatlantic slave trade.