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Ph.D., M.A., The University of New Hampshire; B.A., Boston University
Born in Hawai'i, I learned to walk while aboard a sailboat, which may be why my research and teaching interests revolve around the sea and the maritime world. Being an Air Force kid, I have lived in a few different states from Texas to Maine, giving me a plain Jane accent and a thorough love for the four seasons, although as an avid hockey player and snowshoer winter is clearly my favorite time of year. Academic tourism is a great benefit of being a historian, with my most recent project taking me from London to Halifax, Nova Scotia to New Bedford, MA to conduct research in sometimes dusty, sometimes state-of-the-art archives. Once I received my PhD from UNH in 2006, I began a tenure-track position at SUNY - Oneonta, where I stayed for 5 years until being hired by Emmanuel College. At Emmanuel, I teach courses in Atlantic History, Early America and Slavery. Pirates also appear frequently in ourse materials.
What I Love About Emmanuel:
Emmanuel is a tight-knit community with a positive vibe and whose members believe anything is possible. Virtually every member of our community buys into the mission of the college: believing strongly in social justice and educating the entire person by adhering to the centuries old Catholic intellectual tradition, which means no topic, subject or research is off-limits. We are a true liberal arts college with an open and diverse population who want to explore ideas and have conversations about how to make our world a better place.
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I specialize in Atlantic history, with an emphasis on race, class and slavery, the Age of Revolutions, and even dabble in New England history as it relates to the larger Atlantic world. My current projects include a co-edited book, Atlantic Biographies: Individuals and Peoples in the Atlantic World (Meuwese & Fortin) will be published by Brill Academic Press in the fall 2013. My next book project, "Paul Cuffe: Yeoman," takes a new look at the life of America's most celebrated and successful black sea captain, Paul Cuffe (1759-1817), as he traveled the Atlantic world building his shipping business and attempting to found an independent colony for free blacks in West Africa.