Ph.D. Binghamton University (2013)
M.A., SUNY Brockport (2007)
B.A., St. John Fisher College (2005)
I am currently the assistant professor of early American history at Lycoming College, one of the fifty oldest colleges in America. Besides teaching and advising, I am working on a few research projects. I am writing my first book manuscript on the American Revolution in Pennsylvania derived from the dissertation and I am also working on two articles exploring the American Revolution. The first article looks at the religious dimensions of revolutionary political ideologies and the second focuses on the transformation of legal structures during the American Revolution in the states of New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Colonial and Revolutionary America Dissertation
"For the Good Order of Government": The American Revolution and the Creation of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1740-1790"
Adviser: Douglas Bradburn
Fellowships and Awards
Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA Professional Development Grant 2014
Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, PA Resident Research Fellowship 2014
David Library of the American Revolution, Bucks, PA Library Resident Research Fellowship 2012; Library Research Associate 2011
William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI Jacob M. Price Visiting Research Fellowship 2012
American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship 2011
Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Charlottesville, VA Library Resident Research Fellowship 2010
History Department, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY Kramer Doctoral Research Grant 2012; Department Research Travel Grant 2012; Dissertation Year Fellowship 2012; O'Neil Fund Doctoral Research Grant 2011
Binghamton University Distinguished Dissertation Award (Social Science Division) 2014; Excellence in Teaching Award 2011
"Pulpits of Revolution: Presbyterian Political Thought in the Era of the American Revolution (In Progress)
" 'Our God and Our Guns': Religion and Politics on the Revolutionary Frontier" in The Making of the Trans-Appalachian West: Society, Culture, and Peoples, 1754-1832, eds. Darren Reid and Thomas Rodgers (McFarland: Forthcoming 2014)
"Franklin's Turn: Imperial Politics and the Coming of the American Revolution" Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, 136, no. 2 (April 2012), 117-139.
I had an excellent experience at Binghamton- Rigorous study, great mentors, and an amazing academic community. I came to Binghamton with a vague understanding of teaching undergraduates and even of my own research topic and goals. I left Binghamton with a solid dissertation (it won Binghamton's Distinguished Dissertation Award), a good grasp of teaching methods (I won Binghamton's Excellence in Teaching Award), and a tenure track position at a small liberal arts college.