Department of History
Davidson College
Davidson, NC 28035-6955

(704) 894-2273


Professor, Davidson College, 2015-
Associate Professor, Davidson College, 2007-2015
Assistant Professor, Davidson College, 2003-2007
Visiting Assistant Professor, Davidson College, 2001-2003
Visiting Assistant Professor, Oberlin College, 1999-2001
Visiting Instructor, College of William and Mary, 1998-99


Ph.D., College of William and Mary (May 2000)
M.A., Villanova University (May 1992)
B.A., magna cum laude, University of Portland (May 1990)



Slaves and Englishmen: Human Bondage in the Early Modern Atlantic World (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014).

*Finalist: 2015 Frederick Douglass Book Prize (Awarded by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition)

Refereed Publications

“‘Free from the tyrannous Spanyard’?: Englishmen and Africans in Spain’s Atlantic World,” Slavery & Abolition 29:1 (March 2008): 1-22.

“From Servitude to Slavery,” in The Atlantic World, 1450-2000, Toyin Falola and Kevin D. Roberts, eds. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2008.

“To ‘doe some good upon their countrymen’: The Paradox of Indian Slavery in Early Anglo-America,” Journal of Social History 41:2 (Winter 2007): 389-411.

“Settling with Slavery: Human Bondage in the Early Anglo-Atlantic World,” in Envisioning an English Empire: Jamestown and the Invention of the North Atlantic World, Robert Appelbaum and John Wood Sweet, eds. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005.

Other Publications / Book Reviews

Review of Margaret Ellen Newell, Brethren by Nature: New England Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of American Slavery (Cornell, 2015). Forthcoming in the Journal of American History.

Review Essay of Richard S. Dunn, A Tale of Two Plantations: Slave Life and Labor in Jamaica and Virginia (Harvard, 2014), and Matthew Mulcahy, Hubs of Empire: The Southeastern Lowcountry and British Caribbean (Johns Hopkins, 2014). Reviews in American History (March 2016).

Review of Abigail L. Swingen, Competing Visions of Empire: Labor, Slavery, and the Origins of the British Atlantic Empire (Yale, 2015). Forthcoming in Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas.

Review of Jenny Shaw, Everyday Life in the English Caribbean: Irish, Africans, and the Construction of Difference (Georgia, 2013). New West Indian Guide 89-3&4 (2015): 382-3.

Review of William A. Pettigrew, Freedom’s Debt: The Royal African Company and the Politics of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1672-1752 (North Carolina, 2013). Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 122:3 (2014): 272-3.

“The Very Curious Case of Colonial North Carolina” and “Who’s in Charge Here, Anyway?” in The Tar Heel Junior Historian 51:2 (Spring 2012): 1-3 and 7.

Review of Christina Snyder, Slavery in Indian Country: The Changing Face of Captivity in Early America (Harvard, 2010). The William & Mary Quarterly 68:2 (2011): 305-310.

Oxford Bibliographies Online (2009-2010). Bibliographic Entries for “Abolition of Slavery,” “Ideas of Race,” “Indentured Servitude,” “Native American Slavery,” and “Origins of Slavery.”

Review of Jonathan Hart, Empires and Colonies (Polity, 2008). European History Quarterly 40 (2010): 724-6.

Review of Patricia C. Griffin, ed., The Odyssey of an African Slave. By Sitiki (University Press of Florida, 2009). Florida Historical Quarterly 88:3 (2010): 408-10.

Review of Charles F. Irons, The Origins of Proslavery Christianity: White and Black Evangelicals in Colonial and Antebellum Virginia (UNC Press, 2008). Georgia Historical Quarterly 93 (2009): 105-107.

Review of Peter C. Mancall, ed., The Atlantic World and Virginia, 1550-1624 (UNC Press, 2007). Journal of British Studies 47 (2008): 916-8.

Review of Russell R. Menard, Sweet Negotiations: Sugar, Slavery, and Plantation Agriculture in Early Barbadoes (Virginia, 2006). Itinerario 31:1 (2007) 173-5.

Review of Matthew Mulcahy, Hurricanes and Society in the British Greater Caribbean, 1624-1783 (Johns Hopkins, 2006). July 2006 for H-Atlantic / H-Net.

Review of Jon F. Sensbach, Rebecca’s Revival: Creating Black Christianity in the Atlantic World (Harvard, 2005). Itinerario 30:2 (2006): 145-6.

Review of David Brion Davis, Challenging the Boundaries of Slavery (Harvard, 2003). The Journal of Southern History 71:2 (May 2005): 425-6.

Review of David Armitage & Michael J. Braddick, eds. The British Atlantic World, 1500-1800 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002). Social History 29:4 (November 2004): 530-1.

Review of Anthony S. Parent, Jr., Foul Means: The Formation of a Slave Society in Virginia, 1660-1740 (UNC Press, 2003). The Georgia Historical Quarterly 88 (Summer 2004): 253-255.

“Bacon’s Rebellion,” in Americans at War, John S. Rensch, ed. (New York: Macmillan, 2004).

“Building the Better Textbook: The Promise and Perils of E-Publication.” Review of America Unbound: Colonial to Present (electronic textbook published by iLrn). The Journal of American History 89:4 (March 2003): 1458-62.

Review of Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker, The Many-Headed Hyrdra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic (Beacon Press, 2000). April 2003 for H-Atlantic.

Review of Virginia Bernhard, Slaves and Slaveholders in Bermuda, 1616-1782 (Missouri, 1999), New West Indian Guide 75:3&4 (2001): 316-18.

Review of Edward L. Bond, Damned Souls in a Tobacco Colony: Religion in Seventeenth-Century Virginia (Mercer, 2000), The Georgia Historical Quarterly 85 (Winter 2001): 612-14.

“The Idea of Slavery in the Anglo-Atlantic World before 1619,” Working Paper no. 00-28.  International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, 1500-1800. Harvard University, 2000.

Review of Ira Berlin, Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America (Belknap Press, 1998) in Maryland Historical Magazine 95:1 (Spring 2000): 98-101.

Review of Betty Wood, The Origins of American Slavery: Freedom and Bondage in the English Colonies (Hill and Wang, 1997) in Cithara 37 (November 1997): 58-59.


Rethinking Slavery in Early America. Charlotte Museum of History. February 7, 2015.

Agents of Empire: Africans and the Origins of English Colonialism in the Americas. Entangled Histories of the Early Modern British and Iberian Empires and their Successor Republics Symposium (Austin, Texas, Nov. 21-21, 2014).

The Revolution in the South: America’s First Civil War. The Pines “Learning in Retirement” Lecture Series. Davidson, North Carolina, February 25, 2013.

The Colonial South – AHI Travel Lectures. September 25th and October 9th, 2011.

Slavery before ‘Slavery’ in the Seventeenth-Century Anglo-Atlantic World. Fourth Biennial Symposium Rice University (“Slavery in the Colonial South.”), Houston, TX, Feb. 18-20, 2011.

Constituting Identity: Rebellion, Religion, and Race in the Atlantic World (Session Commentator). OIEAHC Fifteenth Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 11-14, 2009.

Slavery before ‘slavery’ in the Early English Atlantic World, Davidson College Faculty Research Group Presentation, March 27, 2008.

Historical Fact and Historical Fiction: The Challenge of the Historian’s Craft (panelist). Davidson College, February 11, 2008 (in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company Residency).

Ships, Travels and Journeys in Shakespeare’s Day: A Global Perspective (panelist), Davidson College, February 2007 (in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company Residency).

‘Free from the tyrannous Spanyard’?: Englishmen and Africans in Spain’s Atlantic World, John Carter Brown Library, May 31, 2006.

Englishmen and Africans in the Atlantic World, Triangle Early American History Seminar at the National Humanities Center, January 20, 2006.

The Jamaican Graft: Adaptation and Innovation in early Anglo-Jamaican Slavery, Social Science History Association, Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, November 3-6, 2005.

The Jamaican Graft: Adaptations and Innovations at the Nexus of Anglo-Spanish Colonialism, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Colloquium, Williamsburg, Virginia, October 11, 2005.

Making Slavery English in the Seventeenth-Century Atlantic World, British Group in Early American History Conference, “Diasporas, Migrations, and Identities,” Cambridge, England, Sept. 9-11, 2005.

Anglicization and American Slavery: Reconfiguring the Transition Question, Organization of American Historians, Annual Meeting, Memphis, TN, April 3-6, 2003.

“So contrary to the Spaniards”: The Ideology of Indian Slavery in Seventeenth-Century Anglo-America, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Seventh Annual Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, July 10-15, 2001.

Lost at Sea: Invisible African Auxiliaries in Drake’s Atlantic World, Conference on Race, Ethnicity and Power in Maritime America, 2000, Mystic Seaport, September 14-17, 2000.

The Idea of Slavery in the Anglo-Atlantic World before 1619, International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, Harvard University, August 7-17, 2000.

‘More mervelouse than trew’: English Racial Identity in the Age of Expansion, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Fifth Annual Conference, Austin, Texas, June 11-13, 1999.

‘Seek not to keep the commons of England in slavery’: English Conceptions of Slavery and Early Colonial Settlement, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Fourth Annual Conference, Worcester, Massachusetts, June 6, 1998.

‘Like a damnd slave’: English Conceptions of Slavery and Early Colonial Settlement, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Colloquium, Williamsburg, Virginia, April 21, 1998.

Slavery and ‘Englishness’ on the Eve of Overseas Colonization, Carolinas Symposium on British Studies, Augusta, Georgia, October 4, 1997.


Faculty Study and Research Grant, Davidson College, 2007, 2013.

Center for New World Comparative Studies Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library, 2005-2006

Faculty Study and Research Grant, Davidson College, 2004.

Folger Shakespeare Library, 2000-2001 (3 month short-term fellowship).

Andrew W. Mellon Seminar on postmodern theory and practice, May-June 1998.

Fletcher Jones Foundation Fellow, The Huntington Library, 1997-1998 (2 mos.).

Beckman Fellowship, National Society of the Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims,1997-1998.

Lewis L. Glucksman Teaching Fellowship, College of William and Mary, 1996-1997.

Goodwin Fellowship, College of William and Mary, renewed annually 1992-1996.

University Scholarship / Assistantship, Villanova University, 1990-1992.

Joseph L. Powers, C.S.C., Senior Prize in History, University of Portland, 1989-90.


History 141: American History to 1877

History 302: African-American History to 1877

History 262: Piracy in the Americas

History 322: The Age of Discovery

History 340: Colonial America

History 341: The American Revolution

History 440: Slavery in the Americas, 1492-1888

History 441: Natives and Newcomers in Early America

History 480: Senior Research Seminar

History 488/9: The Kendrick K. Kelley Program in Historical Studies

Humanities 161W: Cultures and Civilizations II

Humanities 250: The Western Tradition: Renaissance to the 18th Century

Other Courses: History 255: Rioters, Rebels, & Revolutionaries in Early America (Oberlin College, Spring 2001); History 328: Clash of Cultures in North America (Oberlin College, Spring 2001); History 327: Race and Slavery in the Anglo-Atlantic World (Oberlin College, Spring 2000); History 111: Culture and Identity in Early America (Oberlin College, Fall 1999; History 202: History of the United States since 1865 (College of William and Mary, Spring 1999); History 351: Introduction to African-American History (College of William and Mary, Fall 1998); History 309: Colonial Latin American History (College of William and Mary, Fall 1994).

Study Abroad

Davidson College Cambridge Program – Resident Director (Summer 2012)

Davidson College Ghana Program – Resident Director (Summer 2014)


American Historical Association

Associate of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

Organization of American Historians

Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction (FEEGI)


Manuscript Reviewer: Ethnohistory (2015); History Compass (2015); William and Mary Quarterly (2014); Journal of Southern History (2014); Prentice-Hall (2005); Blackwell Publishing (2005); University of Nebraska Press (2004); Oxford University Press (2003).

Content Editor, Tar Hell Junior Historian (Special Issue on Colonial North Carolina), 2012.

Phi Alpha Theta Carolinas Regional Conference Co-Organizer (with Professor Suzanne Cooper Guasco of Queens University of Charlotte). March 2012.

Oxford Bibliographies Online: Atlantic History Editorial Board, 2009-2011.

UNC Greensboro, Wells Lecture Nominating Committee, 2008.

Charlotte / Mecklenburg School District Smithsonian Institute, AP-ATTACK Program, 2003.

College of William and Mary, History Graduate Student Association, 1994-1995. President.

Davidson Committees and Other Professional Obligations

Davidson College, Faculty Executive Committee, 2014-present.

Davidson College, Intercollegiate Athletics Committee, 2014-present.

Resident Director, Davidson College Summer Program in Cape Coast, Ghana, 2014.

Resident Director, Davidson College Summer Program in Cambridge, England, 2012.

Director, Kendrick K. Kelley Program in Historical Studies, 2011-2013.

Phi Alpha Theta Faculty Advisor, 2008-present.

Human Resources Advisory Committee, 2008-2013.

Davidson College, Faculty Study & Research Committee, 2006-2010.

Davidson College, History Department History Forum, 2003-2005, 2009-2011. Coordinator.

Davidson College, Student Conduct Council Committee Member, 2004-2005.