I am Assistant Editor of The Adams Papers Editorial Project at the Massachusetts Historical Society. I received my B.A. with First Class Honours in History and Ph.D. from the University of Stirling. Between 2014 and 2015, I was Bernard and Irene Schwartz Fellow at the New-York Historical Society and Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School.
My research focuses primarily on eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century political and cultural history. I am interested in the origins and development of the imperial crisis, particularly in New York City, and the continuity between colonial British and early America. I am also interested in the origins of American political practice, collective biography, print culture, sociability, friendship, and masculinity.
My previous research has focused on the origins of loyalism in New York. My dissertation, for example, looked at a group of future loyalists in New York City, then known as “the Friends to Liberty and Trade.” I argued that it was pre-existing internal partisanship that influenced their allegiance in the early years of the American Revolution—not their support of Parliamentary measures or their opposition to the Continental Congress. My book, “The Sons of Britain,” under contract with Cornell University Press, examines New Yorkers’ networks prior to the American Revolution.
I have published articles in Early American Studies, New York History, and the Long Island History Journal, and I have presented at regional and international conferences in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. My research has been supported by various organizations and institutions, including the Royal Historical Society, the British Library, The Huntington Library, the David Library of the American Revolution, the New York State Archives, the New York State Library, and the New-York Historical Society.