Ph.D., University of Michigan

Teaching areas

Early America, the American Revolution, childhood and old age (age norms)

Selected publications and projects 


From Revolution to Reunion: The Reintegration of the South Carolina Loyalists (University of South Carolina Press, 2016)

• Winner of the 2016 George C. Rogers Jr. Award

• Named to the Journal of the American Revolution’s 100 Best Books on the American Revolution list

The Consequences of Loyalism: Essays in Honor of Robert M. Calhoon, co-edited with Joseph S. Moore (University of South Carolina Press, January 2019)

Did the Founding Fathers Live Too Long? Old Men and the American Revolution (book manuscript in progress)

Toward a More Inclusive Union: America’s Revolutionary Era Reconciliation with Loyalists (book manuscript in progress)

Articles, Book Chapters, and Blogs:

“America’s Revolutionary Experience with Transitional Justice,” in Rebecca Brannon and Joseph S. Moore, eds., The Consequences of Loyalism: Essays in Honor of Robert M. Calhoon (University of South Carolina Press, January 2019) 190-207.

“History of the American South,” in Maggi M. Morehouse, ed., Routledge Handbook of the American South (New York: Routledge 2017) 8-20.

“OI Books: Fertile Thoughts About Fertility,” Uncommon Sense, the blog of the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture, August 13, 2018,

“Getting Old in the Young Republic,” The American Historian (May 2016) 27-31.

Selected Fellowships

Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies (Monticello)
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Virginia Historical Society
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Massachusetts Historical Society
Yale University Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
David Library of the American Revolution (twice)

Selected Media

The Divided States of America?: The History of an Often Disjointed Union, Backstory 

With Good Reason, NPR, American Presidents Episode, January 6, 2018 air date 

Ben Franklin’s World, Episode 126, podcast, March 2017 air date 

Coastline live show on NPR Wilmington, NC affiliate, January 2017 

Madison Scholars profile “Taking on Tomorrow,” Episode 6, James Madison University, January 2016   

Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies: The American Patriots, Francis Marion episode, 2016 


Co-Chair, Scholars Council for Loyalist Site Interpretation Project
Johns Hopkins University and the United Empire Loyalists of Canada
Chair, Americanists Committee
Promotion and Tenure Committee for History
Advisory Board Member, Medical Humanities Minor
Teaching for the 21st Century Peer Mentor and Scholar
2019 Commemoration Committee

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