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Ph. D. University of Chicago, History, 2003
M.A. University of Chicago, History, 2000
B.A. University of Virginia, History/Economics, 1994


2013 – Present    Founding Director, Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA
2011 – 2013    Vice Chair and Director of Graduate Studies, History Department, Binghamton University
2008 – 2013    Associate Professor of History, Binghamton University
2005 – 2008    Assistant Professor of History, Binghamton University
2004 – 2005    Gilder Lehrman Research Fellow, Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello
2004    Faculty Fellow, Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar, Newberry Library, Chicago, IL
2003 – 2004    Adjunct Professor of History/Lecturer, Northern Illinois University
2002 – 2003    CBS Bicentennial Scholar, Division of Humanities, University of Chicago
2001    Von Holst Prize Lecturer, Department of History, University of Chicago
2000    Adjunct Professor of History, DePaul University



Early Modern Virginia: Reconsidering the Old Dominion, editor, with John C. Coombs
(Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2011).

The Citizenship Revolution: Politics and the Creation of the American Union, 1774-1804
(Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2009).

Articles and Chapters

“Polarization and Party: Institutions, Ideology, and the Birth of Party Politics in the United

States,” in Practicing democracy: Popular Politics in the United States from the Constitution to the Civil War, Daniel Peart and Adam I. Smith, editors (University of Virginia Press, 2015).

“The Presidency of John Adams” in John Adams and John Quincy Adams, edited by David Waldstreicher, (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), 166-184.

“’The Great Field of Human Concerns’: The States, the Union, and the Problem of Citizenship in the American Revolutionary Era.” in State and Citizen in British America and the Early United States, Peter Onuf and Peter Thompson, editors, (Charlottesville: VA, University of Virginia Press, 2013).

“The Eschatological Origins of the English Empire,” in Early Modern Virginia: New Essays on the Old Dominion, Douglas Bradburn and John C. Coombs editors, (Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2011) 15-56.

“The Visible Fist: The Chesapeake Tobacco trade in War and the Purpose of Empire, 1690-1715,” William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd Series, (July 2011), 361-386.

“Provincials Abroad; Or, A Funny thing Happened on the Way to the Atlantic Seminar: More Collaborative Reflections on Chesapeake History,” with John C. Coombs, William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd Series, (July 2011), 419-426.

“The Problem of Citizenship in the American Revolution,” History Compass. Vol. 9 (2010): 1093-1113.

“A Clamor in the Public Mind: The Opposition to the Alien and Sedition Acts,” William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd Series, LXV (July 2008), 565-600.

“Smoke and Mirrors: Reinterpreting the Society and Economy of the 17th Century Chesapeake,” with John C. Coombs, Atlantic Studies, Vol 3 (October 2006), 131-157.

“‘True Americans’ and ‘Hordes of Foreigners’: Nationalism, Ethnicity, and the Problem of Citizenship in the United States, 1789-1800,” Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques, Vol. 29, (Spring, 2003), 19-41.

Editorial Work

Series Founder and Co-Editor, Early American Histories, University of Virginia Press

Designed new series for University of Virginia Press to focus on projects from 1600-1820 which offer new interpretations of long-standing problems in Early American history.

Founding Associate Editor, Oxford Bibliography Online: Atlantic History.

Senior Associate Editor, The Southern Historian, Tuscaloosa, AL, June 1999-2003.

Manuscript Reader:

The University of Kansas Press, SUNY Press, Cambridge University Press, The University of Virginia Press, The William and Mary Quarterly, The Journal of the Early Republic, The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, The Historical Journal, The Southern Historian.

Selected Book Reviews and Other Notices

James Roger Sharp, The Deadlocked Election of 1800: Jefferson, Burr, and the Union in the Balance, in The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Volume 43, Number 1, Summer 2012, 128-30.

Pauline Maeir, “Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution” in the Journal of American History, 8 (March 2012).

Kevin Barksdale, “The Lost State of Franklin” for Tennessee Historical Quarterly.

Friederike Baer. “The Trial of Frederick Eberle: Language, Patriotism, and Citizenship in Philadelphia’s German Community, 1790 to 1830” in The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 134 (Oct. 2010), 380.

Michael A. McDonnell, “The Politics of War: Race, Class, & Conflict in Revolutionary Virginia” in The Historical Journal 52 (Sept. 2009), 836-39.

Peter Mancall, ed., “The Atlantic World and Virginia, 1550-1624” in The Journal of Southern History (May 2009).

Lee Ward, “The Politics of Liberty in England and Revolutionary America” in H-Atlantic (May 2005).

Edward Skeen, “1816: America Rising” in Journal of the Early Republic, (Fall, 2004).

Manisha Sinha, “The Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina” in Journal of the Early Republic, (Winter, 2002).

Peter S. Onuf, “Jefferson’s Empire: The Language of American Nationhood” in The Southern Historian, Vol. XXI, (Tuscaloosa, AL) 2001, 122-125.

“A Nation made easy: geography, pedagogy, and American identity,” Mapline (Newberry Library, Chicago) No. 91. Summer/Fall 2000.

Professional Experience

Academic Board, UVA Press, 2013-present.

Graduate Fellowship Committee, Jefferson Scholars Foundation, University of Virginia, 2015-present.

Founder and Director, Upstate Early American History Workshop, 2008-present

Currently manage, fundraise, and promote the largest Early American History workshop in Upstate New York. Connects over 10 Colleges and Universities to discuss original research in-progress. Since 2008 over 45 distinct scholars, both faculty and graduate students, have presented their work.

Project Director, “Early Modern Virginia, A Symposium: New Thoughts on the Old Dominion,” Jefferson Library, Kenwood, Charlottesville, VA August 17-18, 2007.

Raised $35,000 in Cash and kind to support cost of 2-day Conference in honor of 400th anniversary of settlement of Jamestown, including $5,000.00 competitive grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

Advisory Committee, McNeil Center for Early American History and Culture, 2011-present

Binghamton University Committees.

Faculty Senate Executive Committee, 2007-2010

Executive arm of the faculty Senate at Binghamton

Educational Policy and Priorities Committee, 2009 – 2011

Faculty Senate Executive Committee, 2007-2009

Faculty Senate, 2006-2009

Distinguished Dissertation Awards Committee, 2009-2010

History Department Committee

Junior Personnel Committee, 2008-present

Advisory Committee, 2006-2007, 2008-2009

Graduate Committee, 2006-present

Undergraduate Committee, 2005-2006

Professional Development Committee, 2005-2011, Chair 2009-2011

Search Committee, Early Modern Europe, 2005-2006

Search Committee, US Women, Gender, & Sexuality, 2009-2010

Search Committee, US Twentieth Century, 2010-2011

Honors and Grants

Telly (Silver) Award, Now or Never film, 2015.

Dean’s Research Fellowship, $4,000 for study abroad, Binghamton University 2011-2012.

SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2010.

Fellow, Institute for Humane Society, Washington, D.C., November 2008.

Grant Recipient, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, $5,000 Open Grant for partial funding of Early Modern Virginia: A Symposium, New Thoughts on the Old Dominion, Robert Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Charlottesville, VA, August, 17-18,

2007 Total funds raised: $35,000 in cash and kind.

Dean’s Research Semester, Harpur College, Binghamton University, Fall 2007.

Gilder Lehrman Junior Research Fellowship, Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello, 2004-2005.

Mellon Fellow, Virginia Historical Society, July 2004.

Fellow, Mellon Seminar: “The Atlantic World in Motion: Atlantic Diasporas, Regional Mobility, and the Mingling of Peoples, 1500-1825,” The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Cambridge, UK March 7-21, 2004.

Newberry Library Undergraduate Humanities Seminar Faculty Fellowship, 2003-2004.

CBS Bicentennial Narrators Scholarship, 2002-2003.

Von Holst Prize Lectureship, University of Chicago, 2001-2002.

NEH Fellow, International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, 1500-1825, Harvard University, “Atlantic Revolutions,” August 6-17, 2001.

Mellon Fellow, The Herman Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography, Newberry Library, “Maps and Nations Seminar,” Summer 1999.

Summer Pre-Dissertation Research Grant, University of Chicago History Department, 1998.

University of Chicago Graduate Studies Fellowship, 1995-1999.

Merle-Smith Summer Historical Research Fellowship, June 1996.

Raven Society Research Fellowship, University of Virginia, 1994-1995.

National Historic Publications and Records Commission Fellowship, Documentary Editing, “The Spies of General Washington” 1994.

Anne Hope Van Schaack Award for Jefferson Studies, University of Virginia, for paper “‘Farming is But Gambling’: Thomas Jefferson’s Plantations in Retirement,” 1994.

Professional Service and Recognition

Appointed member of Alexandria Library Company, 2014.

2002-2004 Scholar-in-Residence, Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois.

Grant Reviewer, Teaching American History Grant Review, United States Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, 2002, 2003.

Chairman, Local Arrangements Committee, The Midwest-Conference on British Studies, University of Chicago, Oct 22-23, 1999.

Graduate Student Representative, Graduate Student Council, University of Chicago, 1998.

Chairman, Social Committee, History Department, University of Chicago, 1997-1999.

Member, American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, Society for Historians of the Early Republic, Associate, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Southern Historical Association.