I am currently a PhD student in early American history at Yale University, after receiving my B.A. with Honors in History from The City College of New York.
My primary field is early American history, in which I focus on eighteenth-century political culture and intellectual history. I am especially interested in the later colonial period and the coming of the American Revolution, primarily in the middle colonies. I am also interested in the Enlightenment in America, print culture, history of the book, and the history of New York City.
Some of my previous research has focused on the political economy of popular resistance in New York City during the imperial crisis, the Enlightenment in print in colonial New York, and the cultural conflict between the first generation of native-born, High-Church Anglican clergy and the dissenting intelligentsia in the middle colonies during the 1740s and 1750s.
My current research (and eventual dissertation) explores cultural memory in British North America, specifically colonists’ historical memory of the Revolution of 1688 and the English Civil Wars and the ways in which it shaped colonial political culture and discourse, colonial imperial identity, and internal religious conflict and competition.
I also write about the intersections between the eighteenth century and our current political culture. In addition to The Junto, I have contributed to “Publick Occurrences 2.0” at Common-place and wrote a piece on young historians and social media for Readex’s quarterly publication and blog, which was included in the AHA’s weekly “What We’re Reading.” I am also currently a Research Assistant at the Papers of Benjamin Franklin.