I am a historian of and from South Carolina whose work lies at the nexus of the histories of labor, race and racism, and the environment. As a white southerner, my work is driven by a keen sense of historical responsibility to a past that is still present. I graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in geography in 2011, and earned my MA in geography from the University of British Columbia in 2013. I have just completed a Ph.D. in history at the University of Colorado Boulder, which I finished with support from a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. I was a visiting assistant professor in the History Department at Queens University of Charlotte for the 2019 – 2020, 2020 – 2021, and 2021-2022 school years; and I was converted to an assistant professor at Queens starting in the 2022-2023 school year!
My book, Hurricane Jim Crow: How the Great Sea Island Storm of 1893 Shaped the Lowcountry South, will be published by UNC Press in November 2022 and won the 2021 Rachel Hines Prize from the College of Charleston’s Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program, for best first book manuscript. Find the preorder link here.
Beyond the book, I have a robust record of scholarship on southern history. I published an article, “Black Autonomy, Red Cross Recovery, and White Backlash after the Great Sea Island Storm of 1893,” in the November 2019 edition of the Journal of Southern History, which won the Fishel-Calhoun Article Prize in 2020. My article “The Search for the Kayendo: Recovering the Lowcountry Rice Toolkit” was published in the American Historical Review’s “History Unclassified” section in the September 2021 issue. I have a chapter on Jim Crow hurricanes from 1893 to 1940 in the Lowcountry which will be published in Reimagining American Disasters: New Essays in Cultural, Political, and Environmental History, ed. Cynthia Kierner, Matthew Mulcahy, and Liz Skilton, by the Louisiana State University Press, publication in 2023. I also have written an article on Captain Edward Tennant, a Black militia leader and political activist during Reconstruction in Edgefield County, South Carolina, that will be published in the South Carolina Historical Magazine in Fall 2022.
You can read my more public-oriented writing in “Made by History” for The Washington Post, Rabble, and Erstwhile.