Portfolio

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.
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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.
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This article explores parallels between the politicization of the 1793 Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelphia with the early politicization of the COVID-19 epidemic.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.