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Rice University
Ph.D., Department of History (2016).
Dissertation: “Race and Freedom in the African Americas: Free People of Color and Social Mobility in Cartagena and Charleston”
M.A., Department of History (2010)
Fields: U.S. South, Latin America, 19th Century United States

Lynchburg College
B.A., History, Spanish; Museum Studies Minor
Cum Laude, Highest Honors (History)


“Public Respectability in the Greater Caribbean: Free People of Color in Cartagena de Indias and Charleston,” Atlantic Studies (Special Edition, “Free Communities of Color in the Revolutionary Caribbean”)

Editor, Race and Nation in the Age of Emancipations: An Atlantic World Anthology, Co-Editor with Whitney Stewart, University of Georgia Press, Race in the Atlantic World Series (Under Contract)

“Community Bonds in the Bayou City: Free Blacks and Local Reputation in Early Houston,” Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. 117, No. 3, Jan. 2014

Awards and Fellowships

2014: Invited Participant, Brooks Dissertation Forum, St. George Tucker Society
2013: Wagoner Foreign Study Fellowship (Colombia, 6 Months), Rice University
2013: James Scott Peterson Distinguished Service Award, Department of History, Rice University
2011: Summer Editorial Internship, Southern Historical Association
2010: W. W. Ferguson Award for Outstanding Scholarship in History, Lynchburg College
2007: History Scholars Finalist Program, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
2007: Jeanne Roberts Bickner Award in History, Lynchburg College

Professional Experience

2013–14: Co-Organizer, “Race and Nation in the Age of Emancipations: A Symposium on the Atlantic World,” Rice University
2013–4: Assistant Director, Program for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Culture, Rice University
2012–13: Graduate Assistant, Race Scholars at Rice, Rice University
2012: Peer Review Referee, Virginia Social Science Journal
2010–2012: Editorial Assistant, Journal of Southern History
2011: Archival Assistant, Woodson Research Center, Rice University


“Free Blacks in Antebellum Houston,” Texas State Historical Association Annual Meeting, Irving, TX (Forthcoming)

“‘Dangerous designs and machinations’: Free People of Color and the Haitian Revolution in Cartagena and Charleston,” Bustle and Stir: Movement and Exchange in Early America, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Philadelphia, PA.

“Black Freedom in the Urban Americas: Free People of Color, Organizational Membership, and Social Distinction in Charleston and Cartagena,” Conference on Latin American History/AHA Annual Meeting, New York, NY (Panel Organizer).


“Crafting Freedom: Free Black Artisans and Respectability in Cartagena and Charleston,” Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA (Panel Organizer).

“‘A new and bloodier war against the whites’: Pardo Officials and Race War in Nineteenth-Century Caribbean Colombia,” BrANCH Special Conference at Rice University, Houston, TX.

“Legislating Proslavery Ideology: The Texas Self-Enslavement Law of 1858,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

“Honesty, Industry, and Integrity: Free Blacks in Harris County, Texas, 1838–1863,” Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

“Honesty, Industry, and Integrity: An Analysis of Free Black Residency Petition in Antebellum Harris County, Texas,” Louisiana State University Graduate History Conference, Baton Rouge, LA.

Book Reviews

Craig D. Townsend, Faith In Their Own Color: Black Episcopalians in Antbellum New York City, New York History

Donald Willett, ed., Galveston Chronicles: The Queen City of the Gulf, Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Carol Gelderman, A Free Man of Color and His Hotel: Race, Reconstruction, and the Federal Government, Journal of African American History

David T. Gleeson and Simon Lewis, eds., Ambiguous Anniversary: The Bicentennial of the International Slave Trade Bans, South Carolina Historical Magazine

Donald A. Yerxa, ed., British Abolitionism and the Question of Moral Progress in History, Journal of Southern History (Book Note)

Courses Taught

2016: “United States History, Beginnings to 1877,” Raritan Valley Community College
2015: “World Civilizations II,” Raritan Valley Community College
2014: “The Black Freedom Struggle in America,” Rice University


2012–13: Graduate Student Representative, Graduate Studies Committee, Department of History, Rice University
2012–13: Graduate Student Representative, Athletics Committee, Rice University
2011–12: Assistant Graduate Student Representative, Graduate Studies Committee, Department of History, Rice University

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