C.V.

Education

Indiana University–Bloomington, Ph.D. in History, 2018 (expected).

Examination fields: U.S. History (major field); Eighteenth-century studies (outside minor); Atlantic history (inside minor)

Indiana University–Bloomington, History M.A., 2013. (with distinction)

University of Dayton, History B.A., 2012 (Summa cum Laude, Honors with Distinction). Minors: Philosophy and English.

Book manuscript

Misinformation Nation: Foreign News and the Politics of Truth in Revolutionary America, 1763–1804 (under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press).

Articles and Book Chapters

“The Reign of Error: The French Revolution and North American Information Politics, 1789–1795,” (forthcoming in the Journal of the Early Republic).

“The Literati and the Illuminati: Atlantic Knowledge Networks and Augustin Barruel’s Conspiracy Theories in the United States, 1794–1800,” Studies in Book Culture (Dec. 2019).

“Enquire of the Printer: North American Newspaper Printers, Advertising, and the Moral Economy of the Slave Trade, 1704–1807,” Early American Studies (Summer 2020). (*) Winner of the John M. Murrin Prize for best essay published in Early American Studies, 2021.

“Clearing the Graveyard: Public Writing in and out of the History Classroom,” Journal of American History (March 2021).

“Newspaper-Brokered Slave Trade Advertisements in North America, 1704–1807,” Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation (Aug. 2021), https://doi.org/10.25971/j6df-c516 (peer-reviewed dataset, companion to 2021 Early American Studies article).

“Now is the Winter of Our Dull Content: Seasonality and the Atlantic Communications Frontier in Eighteenth-Century New England,” New England Quarterly (forthcoming).

“All the Old Dudes Carry the News: Carrier Addresses, Inequality, and the Privileges of Newspaper Subscription in Eighteenth-Century North America,” Eighteenth-Century Studies (forthcoming).

“Media Literacy in Revolutionary America,” for forthcoming volume The Age of Revolutions in the Digital Age, ed. Ben Wright, Nora Slonimsky, and Mark Boonshoft (Cornell University Press).

“Radicalism, Resistance, and Reaction amid Atlantic Revolution,” for forthcoming multivolume collection The Cambridge History of the American Revolution, ed. Marjoleine Kars, Michael McDonnell, and Andrew M. Schocket.

Selected Blog Posts, Op-Eds, and Public History Publications

“The U.S. Has Had ‘Vaccine Passports’ Before—And They Worked,” Time.

“What pro-Trump insurrectionists share — and don’t — with the American Revolution,” Washington Post.

“Enquire of the Printer,” ArcGIS StoryMaps [digital companion for Early American Studies article]

“How Early U.S. newspapers brokered slavery,” Journalist’s Resource. [interview]

“America’s First Newspapers Were Financed by the Slave Trade,” Daily Beast.

“Forgotten Scandals,” Smith College podcast project developed with students.

“Deep political fissures may worsen the coronavirus outbreak,” Washington Post.

“The Founding Fathers knew first-hand that foreign interference in U.S. elections was dangerous,” Washington Post.

“How Media was Social in the 1790s,” The Panorama blog post.

“What President Trump doesn’t understand about the Logan Act,” Washington Post.

“A Revolution in Mottoes: Newspaper Mastheads and the American Revolution,” Journal of the American Revolution.

“Anonymous Criticism Helped Make America Great,” Washington Post.

“From Platform to Publisher: Facebook, the Early American Open Press, and Alex Jones,” The Junto blog.

“The Attention Economy of the American Revolution,” The Junto blog post.

“Why Trump’s assault on NBC and “fake news” threatens freedom of the press — and his political future,” Washington Post.

“Information and Ideology in Henri-Antoine Mézière’s Canadian Age of Revolutions,” Age of Revolutions blog post.

Courses taught

Summer 2020            “The Long Nineteenth-Century, 1800–1917,” Indiana University-Southeast (online graduate course for dual enrollment teachers)

Spring 2021               “The American Revolution,” Smith College

“The Historian’s Craft,” Smith College (with Jeff Ahlman)

Fall 2020                    “History of the American Present,” Smith College

“Fake News in American History,” Smith College

“Vast Early America,” Smith College

Summer 2020            “The Long Nineteenth-Century, 1800–1917,” Indiana University-Southeast (online graduate course for dual enrollment teachers)

Spring 2020               “American Scandal, 1700–present,” Smith College

“Doing Digital History,” Smith College

Fall 2019                    “The Historian’s Craft,” Smith College (with Jeff Ahlman)

“Fake News in American History,” Smith College

Summer 2019            “The Long Nineteenth-Century, 1800–1917,” Indiana University-Southeast (online graduate course for dual enrollment teachers)

Spring 2019               “The American Civil War,” Indiana State University

“Scandal in the Early American Republic,” Indiana State University

Fall 2018                    “Facts, Hoaxes, and Fake News,” Collins Honors College, Indiana University–Bloomington

Summer 2017            “Revolutionary America,” Indiana University

Summer 2016            “U.S. History Since 1877,” Purdue University–Northwest (online)

Reviews

Review of Jill Lepore, “The Last Archive” podcast, American Historical Review (forthcoming).

Review of The American Revolution Reborn, ed. Patrick Spero and Michael Zuckerman, in The English Historical Review (Aug. 2018).

Review of Julia Guarneri, Newsprint Metropolis: City Papers and the Making of Modern Americans, in The American Historian (Aug. 2018).

Review of Wim Klooster, Revolutions in the Atlantic World: A Comparative History, at The Junto.

Review of Francis Spufford, Golden Hill, at The Junto.

Review of Joseph Adelman, Revolutionary Networks, at The Junto.

Selected Fellowships and Awards

  • Kohlmeier Fellowship, Indiana University History Department, 2017–2018.
  • Reahard Fellowship, Indiana University History Department, 2017.
  • McLean Contributionship Fellowship, Library Company of Philadelphia–Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 2016.
  • Reahard Fellowship, Indiana University History Department, 2016.
  • College of Arts and Humanities Conference Travel Grant, Indiana University, 2016.
  • Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference Travel Grant, Indiana University, 2016.
  • Lapidus–Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture grant for early American and transatlantic print culture, 2016.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society, 2015.
  • Sally M. Reahard Fellowship, Indiana University History Department, 2015.
  • Eighteenth Century Studies Fellowship, Center for Eighteenth Century Studies at Indiana University, 2012–2013.
  • Lilly Graduate Fellowship, Lilly Foundation, 2011–2015.
  • National Society of the Colonial Dames of America Scholarship Award, 2013.
  • Samuel Flook Award of Excellence to Outstanding Senior History Major, University of Dayton, 2012.
  • Conference Grant for Phi Alpha Theta National Conference, University of Dayton History Department, Jan. 2012.
  • Honors Thesis Research Grant, University of Dayton Honors Department, 2011.
  • Phi Alpha Theta Service Award, University of Dayton, 2011.

Selected Conference Papers and Presentations

  • “Media Literacy in the Age of Revolutions,” The Age of Revolutions in the Digital Age workshop, Institute for Thomas Paine Studies, Iona College, September 2020.
  • Omohundro Institute Scholars’ Workshop, July 2019.
  • “The Politics of Misrepresentation and ‘Fake News’ in Revolutionary America,” Remaking American Political History conference, June 2019.
  • “Taxation and Misrepresentation: Fake News and the Origins of the Anglo-American Imperial Crisis,” Indiana University Eighteenth-Century Studies Workshop, May 2019.
  • “‘Arresting This Torrent of Error’: Information Polarization and ‘False News’ in Revolutionary America, 1765–1800,” Social Sciences Research Council workshop, May 2019.
  • “The Genius of Information: Scripting an Age of Informed Revolutions in North America, 1778–1795,” Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, Feb. 2019.
  • “Cite Unseen: Mapping Information Networks in the Revolutionary Atlantic,” William and Mary Quarterly-University of California–Irvine workshop on “Digital Research in Early America,” Oct. 2018.
  • “The Invisible King: Searching for Authentic News in an Age of Revolution,” American Literature Association (ALA), May 2017.
  • “Reprinting Revolution: The Politics of Newspaper Reading in North America during the French Revolution,” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR), July 2016.
  • “‘All is not Truth… that travellers tell’: Information, Revolution, and Translation in Philadelphia, 1791–1798,” conference on Translation and Transmission in the Early Americas, June 2016.
  • “The Journal of American History in the Digital Age: A Conversation,” Organization of American Historians (OAH) Annual Meeting, April 2015.
  • “The Fruits of Revolution: New England Clergy, Commerce, and the French Revolution,” Society for U.S. Intellectual History (SUSIH) Conference, Oct. 2014.

Invited Presentations and Workshops

  • Teaching workshop presenter, Indiana University History Department, Sept. 22, 2017.
  • “The Mercury of Revolution,” (article manuscript) Indiana University U.S. History Workshop, March 24, 2017.
  • “Tanguy’s Faithful Mirror,” Indiana University Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies Pecha Kucha night, Feb. 16, 2017.
  • “‘On the Ocean of News’: North American Information Networks in the Age of Revolution,” Library Company of Philadelphia Colloquium, Nov. 2, 2016.
  • “News in Flux: Early American Information and Commerce in the Age of Revolution,” Massachusetts Historical Society brown bag seminar, Aug. 2015.
  • “The Role of Antiquity in Contemporary American Reception of the French Revolution,” University of Dayton Stander Symposium, April 18, 2012.
  • “‘Boldly Rise and Claim Equality in Yonder Skies’: The French Revolution in Early American Historical Imagination, 1789-1800,” at University of Dayton Honors Symposium, March 2012.
  • “American Reception of the French Revolution,” Phi Alpha Theta National Conference, January 2012.

Service

  • Production editor, Commonplace.
  • Member, The Junto blog.
  • Manuscript evaluations for William and Mary Quarterly; American Historical Review; The Historian.
  • Non-voting member, search committee for Journal of American History Executive Editor position, 2015–2016.
  • Regional Contributing Editor, Omohundro Institute, 2014–present.
  • History Graduate Advisory Council, Indiana University, 2014–2015.
  • Contributor, The American Yawp collaborative textbook project.
  • Co-founder and co-coordinator, U.S. History Workshop at Indiana University, 2012–2016.
  • Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Old News, University of Dayton Undergraduate History Journal, 2010–12.
  • President, Phi Alpha Theta, University of Dayton Chapter, 2010–11.

Last updated Nov. 16, 2018.