He researches nineteenth-century United States History, with a focus on slavery, politics, and law. His book manuscript, under advance contract with LSU Press's "Antislavery, Abolition, and the Atlantic World" series, examines the contested legal rights of African Americans accused of being fugitive slaves from before the American Revolution through the onset of the Civil War. His research offers a new origin story for the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law and demonstrates new connections between freedom seekers and the coming of the Civil War.
His dissertation was awarded the 2023 Bradford-Delaney Dissertation Prize by the St. George Tucker Society. His work has been supported by fellowships from the New York Public Library's Lapidus Center, the John Carter Brown Library, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, and the University of Virginia's Nau Center for Civil War History.
Journal of the Civil War Era, vol. 12(3), 2022, pp. 338-361
Race and Ethnicity from Pre-contact to Present, Volume 2, ABC-Clio, 2019
Indiana Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 118(4), 2022, pp. 336-7
American Nineteenth Century History, vol. 23(3), 2022, pp. 315-217
Louisiana History, vol. 61(3), 2020, pp. 319-321
Southern Historian, vol. 41, 2020
H-FedHist, H-Net Reviews, 2019 Feb
Book in Progress
Drawing from political history, legal theory, and the study of enslaved resistance, my book manuscript, The Politics of Fugitive Slave Rendition and the Coming of the Civil War, uncovers the conflict surrounding the contested legal rights of people acc...
Queens College, Hist. 797 (Studies in U.S. History)
This graduate course introduced students to political, legal, social, and cultural history scholarship on Black rights before the Civil War. Students had the opportunity to interact with authors who made guest appearances in class, including Kate Masur...
Queens College, Hist. 288 (Law, Crime & Society in U.S. History)
This course used my research subject as a gateway to introduce History majors to topics and methods in Legal History (Spring 2021, Online, 30 students).
Queens College, Hist. 163H
This course-which I designed for first-year honors students-used early U.S. history as a lens for considered key historiographical themes including nationalism and identity-formation. I collaborated with a member of the English faculty to design a cumu...
Queens College, Hist. 260
This course introduced intermediate history students to the Early Republic and Antebellum eras, with particular focus on slavery, the Indian Removal Act, and the US War with Mexico (Fall 2020, Online, 30 students).
Queens College, Hist. 262
This course for intermediate history courses surveyed the conflict over slavery in the U.S., the political, legal, military, social, and cultural history of the war, and key themes in the Reconstruction era (Spring 2023, in person, 15 students).
Queens College, Hist. 103
This introductory history course offers students a chance to study key themes in early U.S. history, explore a range of historical methodologies, and produce a scaffolded research project (2017-2022, In-person and online, 35-55 students).
Queens College, Hist. 104
This introductory history course offers students a chance to study key themes in contemporary U.S. history, explore a range of historical methodologies, and produce a scaffolded research project (Fall 2018, In-person, 50 students).
Faculty Development Courses
LaGuardia Community College
In this seminar, I introduced faculty members to Writing in the Disciplines and Writing Across the Curriculum pedagogical techniques (2020-2021, Online, 6-8 participants).