I am a historian of Early Modern Europe and the Atlantic, and I teach courses about Europe, the Atlantic world, women and gender, race, and pirates. In my classes I emphasize active learning and intellectual engagement through social media. Students conduct original research to create graphic novels, YouTube videos, and blog posts. I am also the coordinator for the History and Gender Workshop.
I research and write about race, gender, the family, and property in the eighteenth-century French Atlantic, a time when all these highly contested categories were beginning to take their modern shapes. I use intimacy as a lens to frame broad interdisciplinary questions about identity, relationships, and empire.
My first book, Intimate Bonds: Family and Slavery in the French Atlantic, follows the stories of people who built families and fortunes on both sides of the French Atlantic. By focusing on family and household, the units that anchored France in the eighteenth century, I show interconnections among race, gender, colonialism, and the plantation system in the early modern period.
My current project, “To Have and to Hold: Women and Property in Global France,” places the question of changing gender roles in a framework of social and legal history by examining property ownership among white women, indigenous women, and women of color in the French empire. I have also published on representations of gender and race.
Mary Alice and Philip Boucher Prize for the best book in French colonial history, French Colonial Historical Society
Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
Sarah H. Moss Fellowship
Faculty Research Grant
Research Fellowship, Willson Center for the Humanities and Arts
Gilbert Chinard Research Fellowship
Society for French Historical Studies/Western Society for French History Research Grant
Robert R. Palmer Travel Research Award, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Fulbrignt Award (declined)