I have a BA in History (Honours) and Women’s Studies from the University of California at San Diego, and MA and PhD degrees in United States History from Northwestern University.
I have taught at Laurier since 2008, and I enjoy presenting at scholarly conferences and sharing history with broader audiences. My broader academic interests are in grassroots politics, social reform and debates over rights in early U.S. history. I enjoy teaching about the development of race in the United States, slavery, the intersection of politics with women's and gender history, activism, and the myriad changes that the new nation experienced as it unified, expanded and divided in its early centuries of existence. Feel free to stop by office hours to discuss any of these issues, or United States history more generally.
My research explores race, activism, grassroots politics and the historical connections among race, rights and citizenship. I have researched and published about antislavery and antiracist activism in the present day Midwest, and I am currently exploring the racialization of rights in early 19th century California and the California "Black Laws."
I focus on citizenship claims and rights activism among California African Americans from 1821-1870, and I analyze and re-evaluate 19th century debates between the state and California African Americans over citizenship’s meanings.
Internal Research Grants
External Research Grants
I am available to supervise graduate students interested in a range of topics in colonial and United States history to 1877, including the history of activism and reform movements, the U.S. West, the Old Northwest, women's and gender history, race, grassroots politics and debates over rights.
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