Personal Statement:

I work on colonial North America and the Atlantic World with particular interests in political economy and the history of money. My current project examines the role government-issued financial instruments played in transforming early American politics and society from the mid-seventeenth century to the revolutionary era.

Research and Teaching Interests:

  • Early America
  • Atlantic World
  • History of Capitalism
  • History of Money
  • Early Modern England
  • U.S. History

Current Projects:

A Revolutionary Currency: Money, Sovereignty, and the Origins of American Independence

Selected Publications:

“The Blood That Nourishes the Body Politic: The Origins of Paper Money in Early America,” Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal Vol. 17, Issue 1 (Winter 2019): 1-36.

“America’s First Economic Stimulus Package: Paper Money and the Body Politic in Colonial Pennsylvania, 1715-1730,” Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies Vol. 83, No. 4 (October 2016): 529-557.

*Received the Robert Grant Crist Prize for best article by a graduate student in Pennsylvania History

Honors and Professional Activities:

NEH Fellowship, The Huntington Library, 2019-2020

MHS-NEH Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society, 2019-2020 (declined)

Shotwell Dissertation Fellowship, Department of History, Boston University, 2016-2017

W.B.H. Dowse Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society, 2015-2016

Program in Early American Economy and Society (PEAES) Short-Term Fellowship, The Library Company of Philadelphia, 2015-2016