Since my M.A. Thesis titled “The King, a Queen, and an Oath Sealed by Blood: A Cultural Re-Evaluation of the Bois-Caiman Ceremony and Its Impact on the Early Haitian Revolution,” I have focused my attention on exploring how the cultural and spiritual practices of enslaved men and women in Saint-Domingue impacted the formation of moments of social action and collective violence in the late eighteenth century. Conceptually, I am currently looking at how inter-disciplinary methods (historical, anthropological, literary) can help historians come to new understandings of the past. My work broadly focuses on the Greater Caribbean area and, in particular, those areas that were under French colonial control.
Grants and awards from Dale S. Strohl, the Gipson Institute for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the Office of International Affairs have graciously funded much of my research. I currently hold a teaching assistant position in the history department and I am the department's graduate Dean's Council representative.
Colonial Black Atlantic and Slavery, Modern Caribbean, Anthropology and History
B.A. Anthropology, Muhlenberg College (2005)
M.A. History, Lehigh University (2016)