I just finished up my PhD at the University of Texas at Austin, and am currently a Smith Richardson fellow at International Security Studies at Yale. I grew up in Manhattan, and earned my BA at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. I decided to go straight from undergrad to grad school because I’m a huge nerd. So, I moved to Austin and entered the PhD program there in 2007. Since 2010 I’ve been on the road, doing dissertation research, and then on one-year fellowships at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies (in Philadelphia) and at ISS (in New Haven).
My dissertation, “Food and War: Indians, Slaves, and the American Revolution,” asks how Native Americans, free blacks, and slaves used food to wage war and broker peace during and after the American Revolution. I have also written about cannibalism and Anglo-Indian foodways in colonial Virginia, initially for my MA, and then for my first article, which appeared in the January 2011 issue of the William and Mary Quarterly. I also write for the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Not Even Past, which is run by the history department at the University of Texas at Austin.
In my spare time I enjoy baking, cooking, drinking red wine, and deploying large doses of sarcasm. I’m happy to talk to anyone about applying to grad school, researching or writing about food, and early America in general.