Major Field: United States History
Other Fields: Global History, African American History
Adviser: W. Fitzhugh Brundage
BA Bates College
MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009
MA Thesis: “The Reconstruction of White Supremacy: The Ku Klux Klan in Piedmont North Carolina, 1868 to 1872”
PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013
My principal research interests involve race in nineteenth-century America. Focusing upon the violence committed by the Ku Klux Klan in North and South Carolina during Reconstruction, my dissertation explores both the political and social history of the period after the Civil War. Structured around close studies of individual incidents of violence committed by members of the Ku Klux Klan, my dissertation aims to show how white southerners used violence to demarcate realms of acceptable behavior, and thereby to build the definitions and boundaries of the emerging ideology of white supremacy.