- BA (Drew University)
- MA, PhD (University of Pennsylvania)
First Year at Xavier University:
Early America, Native Americans
I am a historian specializing in North America from the16th through the 19th centuries. In my survey classes, I am particularly interested in reconsidering the historical importance of America’s less famous wars, in particular the War of 1812 and the Mexican War. My advanced courses examine the creation of a ‘New World’ in colonial America, where Spaniards, Scots, Angolans, Choctaws, Englishmen, and other groups struggled to understand and control one another. I always ask students to think about developments from multiple perspectives, and to ponder how patterns of interaction established so long ago continue to influence America today. My recent publications include The People of the Standing Stone: The Oneida Nation from the Revolution through the Era of Removal (University of Massachusetts Press, 2011) and Along the Hudson and Mohawk: The 1790 Journey of Count Paolo Andreani (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006). I am currently writing a biography of John Johnston, the U.S. Indian agent in Piqua, Ohio, during and after the War of 1812.