CURRICULUM VITAE 


 

Employment

Assistant Professor, History and Social Studies Education Department, SUNY Buffalo State, 2013-present
Coordinator of African and African American Studies Program, SUNY Buffalo State, 2016-present 

Visiting Assistant Professor, History Department, Duke University, 2012-2013

Visiting Instructor, History Department, Duke University, 2011-2012

Visiting Lecturer, History Department, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, spring 2011

Education

Ph.D., History, Princeton University, 2012
Dissertation: "The Measure of Empire: Crisis and Responsibility in Postemancipation Jamaica"

Visiting Graduate Fellow, Duke University, History Department, 2010-2011

M.A., History, Princeton University, 2007

A.B., with high distinction, History, Duke University, 2005
Certificate in Latin American Studies

Publications

Articles
"Imperfect Models: The Kingston Lunatic Asylum Scandal and the Problem of Postemancipation Imperialism," Journal of British Studies 55, no. 4 (Oct. 2016): 709-727. 

"The Moral Politics of Cholera in Postemancipation Jamaica," Slavery and Abolition 34, no. 4 (2013): 598-618. 

Popular Writing
“Swimming Lessons for Black Girls,” The Toast, August 24, 2015, http://the-toast.net/2015/08/24/swimming-lessons-for-black-girls/

Podcast Interviews
In February 2016, I launched the podcast channel New Books in British Studies, part of the New Books Network, which I also host.

Works in Progress

The Measure of Empire: Disaster and the British State in Postemancipation Jamaica (book manuscript in progress)

"The Narrative of Ann Pratt and the Disruptive Power of Black Autobiography" (article under review at History Workshop Journal)

Honors and Awards

2010
Mellon Graduate Seminar in Modern British History, Columbia University

2005-2010
Presidential Fellowship, Princeton University

2005
Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies

2001-2005
Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholarship, Duke University

Invited Talks

2015
Invited speaker, The 2015 Tyler Symposium: The World Beyond Slavery), College of William and Mary (October 2015).

Invited participant, “The Long Aftermath of Slavery in the United States and the Caribbean” colloquium, Princeton University (April 2015).

Conferences

Papers Presented
2016
“Regional Tumult, Constitutions, and the Political Calculus of Imperial Philanthropy in 1880s Jamaica,” American Historical Association annual conference, Atlanta, Georgia (January 7-10).

2015
“Fears of Jim Crow: British Sovereignty, American Expansionism, and the 1907 Kingston Earthquake,” New Scholarship on the Black Atlantic symposium, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah (October 2-3).

“A Fire, A Constitution, and the Political Calculus of Imperial Philanthropy in 1880s Jamaica,” Rethinking Modern British Studies conference, Birmingham, UK (July 1-4).

“The Immigrant Governor: Knowledge and Imperial Rule in Postemancipation Jamaica,” Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies annual conference, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland (March 27-28).

2013
"The End of Alexander Swettenham's Imperial Career: British Sovereignty, the United States Navy, and the 1907 Jamaican Earthquake," American Historical Association annual conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.

2012
"The Moral Politics of Cholera in Postemancipation Jamaica," Triangle Global British History Seminar, National Humanities Center, Durham, North Carolina.

2011
"The Moral Politics of Cholera in Postemancipation Jamaica," Colonialism and Imperialism Workshop, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey.

"Kingston Inflamed: Fire and Constitutional Politics in 1880s Jamaica," Sixth Latin American and Caribbean Graduate Student Workshop, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

2010
"The Moral Politics of Cholera in Postemancipation Jamaica," African and African American Studies Working Group, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

2009
"Lessons in how to be a 'responsible British official': The End of Alexander Swettenham's Imperial Career," North American Conference on British Studies annual conference, Louisville, Kentucky.

2008
"Urban Space and Colonial Rule in Postemancipation Jamaica," Archaeological Society of Jamaica Symposium, Kingston, Jamaica.

2007
"Reconstructing Kingston: Urban Space and Colonial Rule in Postemancipation Jamaica, 1820-1895," paper presented at the Yale-Princeton British Studies workshop, New Haven, Connecticut.

Chair/Discussant
2013
Panel chair, “The Varied Experiences of British Colonialism in the Caribbean," Southern Historical Association annual conference, St. Louis, Missouri (October 31-November 3).

2012
Panel chair and commentator, “Slavery and Freedom in the Caribbean” panel at “Defining Freedom in African American History and Culture,” the Sixth Annual Conference of the Triangle African American History Colloquium, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina (February 24-25). 

Teaching Experience

SUNY Buffalo State
Europe since 1500
Historiography 
Modern Britain
The Early Caribbean
The Modern Caribbean
Tales of the City: Urban History and The Wire 
Slavery and Emancipation in the Americas (graduate seminar) 

Duke University
Modern Britain: 1688-present
Slavery and Emancipation in the Americas
The Caribbean, 1492-1700
The Atlantic Slave Trade
Europe's Colonial Encounters
Crime and the City
Disasters (a course of my own design now in the Duke history curriculum)
The Modern Caribbean (a course of my own design now in the Duke history curriculum)

University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Real Story
Honors Seminar in World History: The Atlantic World

Princeton University, preceptor
Britain 1688-1815: From Revolution to Global Pre-eminence

University Service

SUNY Buffalo State
Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service Committee: member (2014-2015)
Student Leadership Awards Committee: member (2014-2015)
Instruction Committee, History Department: chair (2014-present), member (2013-present).
Graduate Committee, History Department: member (2014-2015).

Duke University 
Director of "Law and Governance" introductory course development lab, Duke University, Fall 2012.

Languages

French (advanced reading comprehension; intermediate conversation); Spanish (basic reading abilities)

Professional Memberships

North American Conference on British Studies
American Historical Association

References

Available upon request.