About Me

I am an assistant professor of history at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a specialist on slavery and colonialism in the early modern Atlantic world, especially the British Caribbean.  I received my Ph.D. in Global History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  At Xavier, I teach courses in Atlantic and American history, including introductory courses on the history of the African diaspora and Caribbean as well as upper-level courses on the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, Colonial America, and Atlantic Slavery.  My first book, Surviving Slavery in the British Caribbean, will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2017.  It focuses on the ordeal of slavery in nineteenth-century Berbice (in present-day Guyana), and suggests that we reconsider Atlantic slavery as first and foremost a problem of survival.  For a taste of this work-in-progress, see my article, “The ‘Bad Business’ of Obeah: Power, Authority, and the Politics of Slave Culture in the British Caribbean,” William and Mary Quarterly, 3d ser., 68, no. 3 (2011): 451-80, and Justin Roberts’s review of my dissertation.