I feel lucky every day to be a professor. Even when I've got a pile of blue books to grade. Although they might not know it, my students regularly inspire me to delve into new research topics, and force me to sharpen my thinking.
Since getting my PhD, I have taught history at Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, the City University of New York, and the University of Delaware. I teach courses for both undergraduate and graduate students in the history of early America and the Atlantic World. More specifically, I also offer courses on the methodology and philosophy of history, in historiography, in historic preservation and museum studies, on the American Revolution, and on material culture. At the University of Delaware, I look forward to teaching art history as well as history, adding courses on fashion history, historic interiors, and colonial portraits to the mix.
Outside of my own classrooms, I've presented work at a number of colleges and universities, including the Université de Montréal, Washington College, the University of Pennsylvania, the College of William and Mary, Georgetown University, the University of Delaware, Columbia University, The Graduate Center of CUNY, NYU, Wesleyan, Johns Hopkins, and Oxford.
I regularly attend and present my work at professional conferences, including those held by the American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, the British Group of Early American Historians, the Anglo-American Conference of Historians, the Society of Early Americanists, and, most religiously, the annual meetings of the Omohundro Institute and SHEAR. I find thematically organized conferences especially invigorating and helpful, such as the American Revolution Reborn conference in Philadelphia (that's me doing Q & A there, in the photo above). I also relish the chance seminar culture provides to hold conversations about colleagues' work, and thoroughly enjoyed my stint as co-chair of the Early American History and Culture Seminar at Columbia from 2011-16.
In addition to long term fellowships at the N-YHS, Johns Hopkins University, the Center for the Humanities at The CUNY Graduate Center, and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies of the University of Pennsylvania, my work has benefited from research support and grants from the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, the Huntington Library, the David Library of the American Revolution, the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, CUNY, the University of Delaware, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the American Antiquarian Society, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World at Harvard University.