I am Assistant Editor at The Adams Papers Editorial Project at the Massachusetts Historical Society. I received my B.A. with First Class Honours in History and my Ph.D. from the University of Stirling. Between 2014 and 2015, I was a 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 preexisting 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. Furthermore, my dissertation also offered a large-scale prosopographical analysis of some 10,000 New York-based loyalists, the largest to date.
I am currently developing my dissertation into a book. Focusing on New York City, this book manuscript offers a new interpretation of the coming of the Revolution. Like my dissertation, I emphasize the importance of partisanship in determining colonists’ allegiances. I have also started working on a second book-length project. It examines the impact of travel on political culture during the Founding Era, ca. 1774–1826.
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 generously 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 and the New York State Library, and the New-York Historical Society.
In addition to The Junto, I write for Borealia, a popular group blog on early Canadian history, I have contributed to The JuntoCast, Loyalist Trails, and various public history projects with the National Library of Scotland, working on mini-documentaries and exhibitions. In 2015, I was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live, where I discussed the Declaration of Independence and the history of New York City. I have taught at The New School, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow, and the University of Stirling. Finally, between 2010 and 2014, I was a Research Assistant at The Papers of Francis Bernard.