I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in early modern and modern British, European, and Atlantic history. My research interests center on Britain and the British Atlantic world in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and early nineteenth centuries. I am particularly interested in the ways that the Atlantic world functioned as a zone of cultural, economic, and intellectual exchange in the period before the American Revolution and the abolition of the slave trade reoriented British interests. I am also interested in the ways that an involvement in a wider Atlantic world changed domestic British life.
My current project examines the efforts of an Anglican missionary organization, the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, to convert black and Native American peoples at various sites around the Atlantic. I am investigating what these missionary encounters reveal about the development of ideas about slavery and race over the course of the eighteenth century.