This page provides a sample of my public writing projects. Please click on the screenshots to view them in full. If you are having trouble accessing them due to a paywall, please get in touch and I will be happy to send a full PDF.
This ArcGIS StoryMaps site provides an accessible companion for my Early American Studies article “Enquire of the Printer: Newspaper Advertising and the Moral Economy of the North American Slave Trade, 1704–1807.”
This essay, published in Time, provides a prehistory for conversations about “vaccine passports.”
This op-ed, published in early 2021, offered context for the January 6th storming of the U.S. Capitol by comparing the insurrectionists (who claimed to represent a Second American Revolution) with the actual American revolutionaries.
This Daily Beast article presented some of the central ideas in my 2020 Early American Studies article on early newspaper printers’ relationship to the slave trade.
This article explores parallels between the politicization of the 1793 Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelphia with the early politicization of the COVID-19 epidemic.
This op-ed, written in the context of President Donald Trump’s first impeachment, explores how some of the first American elections experienced foreign interference, and how the founding generation responded to that.
This op-ed describes the context for the creation of the so-called “Logan Act,” which prohibited civilians from engaging in diplomacy. It argues that the point of this act was primarily to reduce the politicization of diplomacy.
Written in response to the “Anonymous” executive branch official criticizing Donald Trump (later revealed to be Miles Taylor) this op-ed argues that anonymity is an important feature of democracy.
In response to some of President Trump’s early threats to press freedom, this op-ed argued that the Sedition Act of 1798 demonstrates how attempts to limit press freedom can create a political backlash.