I am currently a PhD student in early American history at Yale University. I graduated summa cum laude and received my B.A. with Honors in History from The City University of New York via The City College of New York and the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies program.
My field is early American history, primarily eighteenth-century political culture and intellectual history. I am especially interested in the later colonial period and the coming of the American Revolution in the middle colonies, primarily New York. I am also interested in the Enlightenment, print culture, and history of the book in the colonial period, as well as the history of New York City.
Some of my previous research has focused on the political economy of New York City during the imperial crisis, the Enlightenment in print in colonial New York, and the cultural conflict between the first generation of native-born, High Church Anglican clergy and the dissenting, secular intelligentsia in the middle colonies during the 1740s and 1750s.
My current research (and dissertation) explores “history culture” in British North America, specifically colonists’ historical memory of seventeenth-century Britain and its role in shaping late-colonial political culture and the rhetoric of resistance during the imperial crisis.
I also write about the intersections between the eighteenth century and our current political culture. I am a Contributing Editor of “The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History” and have contributed to “Publick Occurrences 2.0” at Common-place, “The Readex Report,” and the “Journal of the American Revolution.” I am also both a contributor and the producer of “The JuntoCast,” a monthly podcast about early American history, academia, pedagogy, and public history. Finally, I am also a Research Assistant at the Papers of Benjamin Franklin at Yale University.