My work is primarily focused on the society and culture of the seventeenth-century British Isles. My dissertation, "Unstable Pasts, Uncertain Presents: Rethinking the Past and Recognizing the Present during the British Civil Wars, 1638-1660,” explores the way political and religious upheaval and the rise of new media affected perceptions of the past in the British Isles and English Atlantic during the mid-seventeenth century. It draws on archival collections in England, Scotland, Ireland, and the United States to consider how readers engaged with historical texts, navigated conflicting representations of the past, and began to craft new historical narratives, many of which remain central to conceptions of British history even today. My work more broadly focuses on the history of written cultures throughout the early modern period, with projects focusing on the relationship between intaglio printing practices and handwriting as well as on the book trade between Scotland and the colonial Chesapeake.
M.Litt., The Book: History and Techniques of Analysis, University of St. Andrews, 2012
B.A., History and English, College of William and Mary, 2011
Early Modern Britain and the British Atlantic; History of the Book; Cultural History; Religious History; Intellectual History