I am a historian of the early modern British Atlantic World, and in particular Scotland and colonial British North America. My research focuses on politics and religion in Britain and its North American colonies in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. I am interested in the ways that religious identity shaped political loyalties to empires and nation-states, including the British Empire and the United States, between 1650 and 1800.
I teach courses on American, British, European, and World History in both the early modern and modern eras. All of my courses take seriously the role that religion played in the development of early modern empires and nations, and how interactions between Europeans, Africans, Asians, and Native Americans transformed the world, for better or worse.
Since 2019, I have taught at New England College in Henniker, NH, where I am an Assistant Professor of History. I teach courses on American and British history, Historical Methods, and seminars on topics like piracy, slavery, and civil rights. In 2020-21, I was also a Lecturer at Saint Anselm College, and from 2017 to 2019, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the History Department at Boston College, where I taught introductory surveys on Atlantic and World History. In 2018-19, I was also the W.M. Keck Foundation Fellow at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, CA, where I spent three months in residence conducting research towards publishing my first book, Imperial Zealots: Scots and the Rise and Fall of British North America.
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