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I am a historian specializing in politics, race, and migration in the 19th century Atlantic World. I received my PhD in History from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia).
My articles on the Haitian Diaspora, revolutionary networks, and refugees in Central America have appeared in various journals, including The Americas, Atlantic Studies, and Law and History Review. See Research to learn more about my publications and digital projects.
My award-winning book, Rogue Revolutionaries: The Fight for Legitimacy in the Greater Caribbean (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020) revives a lost world of cosmopolitan radicalism. It traces the stories of European, Afro-Caribbean, and U.S. revolutionaries who tried to start revolutions and create their own independent states again and again. Their quest for recognition clashed against the growing power of nation states and a new international order. Additional resources (maps, historical documents, archive guide and more) on this page.
My work has been supported by the Eccles Centre at the British Library, the Max Planck Institute for European Legal Studies, the Mellon Foundation, the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations, John Carter Brown Library, and the Newberry Library.
I am a fellow of the U.K. Higher Education Academy and a member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars.
I have taught at Rhodes College, the University of Pittsburgh, and Newcastle University. My teaching portfolio includes the Atlantic Slave Trade, the Haitian Revolution, Atlantic World history, Caribbean studies, the Black Atlantic, the Age of Revolutions, and imperialism: reading lists, syllabi, and handbooks are available on the Teaching page. I have been nominated for teaching awards, notably for mentoring.
I have also worked for museums and historical societies including the New-York Historical Society, the Musée des Amériques in Auch, and the Musée des Arts Africans, Océaniens et Amérindiens in Marseille, especially their Latin American art collections.
For those who are interested in #post-ac, #non-ac, and #alt-ac careers, I now develop learning resources for a non-profit company in the United Kingdom. Please get in touch if you are considering this professional transition.