Associate Professor
203 Ramer History House
610 330 5168
610 330 5176


  • Ph.D., Harvard University

Teaching interests: United States history; Atlantic world; slavery, race, and capitalism; labor history; environmental history

Research interests:  United States history; Atlantic world; Pacific world; slavery and capitalism; Black freedom struggles; labor history; environmental history; the social and spatial history of illumination; Black fugitives from slavery in the American whale fishery and Pacific

Selected publications: 
American Lucifers: The Dark History of Artificial Light 1750-1865 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2019)

“‘Dead Work,’ Electric Futures, and the Hidden History of the Gilded Age,” Montana: The Magazine of Western History 66, no. 2 (Summer 2016): 39-65

Honors: Winner of the 2020 Albert J. Beveridge Award in American history for distinguished book on the history of the United States, Latin America, or Canada, from 1492 to the present (American Historical Association); Finalist for the 2020 George Perkins Marsh Prize for best book in environmental history (American Society for Environmental History); Winner of the 2016 Vivian A. Paladin Award for the best article published in Montana: The Magazine of Western History in the previous year; Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson Short-Term Visiting Academic Research Fellowship (1 month), American Antiquarian Society (Worcester, MA), 2022; Barra Sabbatical Fellowship (9 months), McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2017-2018