I am a historian of early modern Europe and the history of the book. My work is primarily focused on the society and culture of the seventeenth-century British Isles. My dissertation, "Uncertain Presents, Unstable Pasts: Rethinking History during the British Civil Wars, 1638 – 1660,” explores the way political and religious upheaval and the rise of new media affected perceptions of the past in the British Isles and English Atlantic during the mid-seventeenth century. It draws on archival collections in England, Scotland, Ireland, and the United States to consider how readers engaged with historical texts, navigated conflicting representations of the past, and began to craft new historical narratives, many of which remain central to conceptions of British history even today.
More broadly, I study the history of written culture throughout the early modern period, with projects focusing on the relationship between intaglio printing practices and handwriting as well as on the book trade between Scotland and the colonial Chesapeake.
For the 2020-2021 academic year, I am serving as the Brizdle-Schoenberg Fellow in the History of Material Texts.
M.Litt., The Book: History and Techniques of Analysis, University of St. Andrews, 2012
B.A., History and English, College of William and Mary, 2011
Early Modern Britain and the English Atlantic; Early Modern Europe; History of the Book; Bibliography; Social and Cultural History; Religious History; Intellectual History