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Status: PhD Candidate

Adviser: Harry Watson

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Curriculum Vitae


B.A. Centre College, 2013
M.A. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2015
M.A. Thesis: “Suffrage for White Men Only: The Disfranchisement of Free Men of
Color in Antebellum North Carolina”

Research Interests

My dissertation is tentatively entitled: “‘We will mark a line for the white people’: Creating and Enforcing Borders in the Tennessee and Cumberland River Valleys, 1785-1820.” My research interests focus on Native peoples, the United States during the Early Republic, and the U.S. South.

Some Notable Publications

“A Divided State in a Divided Nation: An Exploration of East Tennessee’s Support of the Union in the Secession Crisis of 1860-1861.” Journal of East Tennessee History 84 (2013): 3-22.

“‘The Noblest Enterprise of Modern Times’ : Robert Y. Hayne’s 1836 Address to the Knoxville Convention.” Journal of East Tennessee History 87 (2016): 93-107.

“Ardent Nullifier and Gradual Emancipator: The Paradox of Virginia Governor John Floyd.” Southern Historian 37 (Spring 2016): 23-45.

Recent Public Engagements

“From Territory to Statehood: Land Policy, Indian Affairs, and American Federalism in the Tennessee River Valley, 1790-1805,” British American Nineteenth Century Historians Conference, Cambridge University, United Kingdom, October 5-7, 2018.

Courses Offered

  • HIST 127: American History to 1865, TA
  • HIST 128: American History since 1865, TA
  • HIST 234: Native American Tribal Studies: Lumbee History, TA
  • HIST 366: North Carolina History before 1865, TA
  • HIST 367: North Carolina History since 1865, TA
  • AMST 475H: Documenting Communities, TA