Research Statement

I am a scholar of early Anglo-America with particular interest in comparative colonization, European-Indian relations, and the nature of early modern empires.

Research Keywords

  • Early American History
  • Native American History
  • Comparative Colonialism in the Americas
  • North America
  • British Isles
  • Atlantic Ocean

Presentations

  • “‘Motley Rabble’ or Martyrs for Liberty? The Boston Massacre and the Search for a Usable Past,” Obert C. and Grace A. Tanner Humanities Center Works-in-Progress Talks, University of Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Accepted, 02/2016.
  • “‘Motley Rabble’ or Martyrs for Liberty? The Boston Massacre and the Problem of Community,” Turning Points in History Lecture Series, Utah Valley University. Invited Talk/Keynote, Accepted, 02/2016.
  • “Empire of Liberty, Empire in Arms: The Boston Massacre in an Anglo-Atlantic Context,” at “‘So Sudden an Alteration’: The Causes, Course, and Consequences of the American Revolution,” sponsored by the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston MA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 04/11/2015.
  • “Arms in the Colonial City: The Military Revolution in the Americas, 1689-1775,” at the “World and Ground” workshop sponsored by the William and Mary Quarterly and the USC-Huntington Library Early Modern Studies Institute, Los Angeles CA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 03/07/2015.
  • “Teaching Native American Voices in AP US History,” with Rebecca Edwards, the Advanced Placement Annual Conference, Philadelphia PA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 07/2014.
  • “Empire of Liberty, Empire in Arms,” British Historical Studies Colloquium, Yale University. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/21/2013.
  • “Violence and Conflicts in Colonial America,” America at War, sponsored by Humanities Texas, LBJ Library and Museum, Austin, TX. Conference Paper, Presented, 07/2013.
  • Comment, “Upper Countries,” The War Called Pontiac’s conference, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Philadelphia. Other, Presented, 04/04/2013.
  • “Boston’s Massacre: Military-Civilian Relations in the Anglo-Atlantic World,” Salt Lake City Public Library. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/25/2013.
  • Chair and Comment, “Indian Politics and the Politics of Indians,” American Historical Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA. Other, Presented, 01/04/2013.
  • “Origin Stories: The Filson Club and the ‘Turnerian Moment’ in American Historiography,” keynote with François Furstenberg at “The Long Struggle for the Ohio Valley,” Filson Institute, Louisville, KY. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/26/2012.
  • Chair and Comment, “Homes Away From Home: The Military in North America in the 1760s,” Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Annual Conference, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA. Other, Presented, 06/16/2012.
  • Chair and Comment, “Imagined Frontiers: Defining the Landscape of Early America,” Organization of American Historians Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI. Other, Presented, 04/20/2012.
  • “Boston’s Massacre, Britain’s Empire: Military-Civilian Relations in the Early Modern Atlantic World,” Circum-Atlantic Studies Seminar, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 01/25/2012.
  • Lead historian, “Native Americans and Europeans in Greater Indiana, 1500-1800,” a 3-day teacher workshop sponsored by Gilder Lehrman, funded by a Teaching American History grant, and offered as part of the OAH Distinguished Lecture program, Goshen, IN. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/2011.
  • “Crowds and Community: Politics and Society in Boston from the Knowles Riot to the Massacre,” at the Seventeenth Annual Conference of the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture, New Paltz, NY. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 06/18/2011.
  • "The Covenant Chain in British Thought and Culture," Center for British Studies, University of California-Berkeley. Invited Talk/Keynote, Accepted, 04/18/2011.
  • “Plotting a Massacre: The Problems of Character, Motive, and Resolution in the Story of the Boston Massacre,” Bay Area Seminar in Early American History, San Francisco. Invited Talk/Keynote, Accepted, 04/17/2011.
  • “George Washington: Leader of Men,” lecture funded by Mount Vernon Teaching Ambassador Program, Elko, NV. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/2011.
  • “Indigenous America,” with Rebecca Horn, at a roundtable entitled “State of the Field: Atlantic World and Beyond,” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Houston, TX. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 03/19/2011.
  • “The West and the American Revolution,” lecture funded by a Teaching American History Grant, Alpine School District, American Fork, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2011.
  • “British-Native American Diplomacy in a Transatlantic Context,” OAH Distinguished Lecture, Elmore County School District, AL. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/28/2010.
  • “The Boston Massacre and the Problem of Imperial Governance," at “1763 and All That: Temptations of Empire in the British the Decade After the Seven Years’ War,” The Institute for Historical Studies, University of Texas, Austin. Invited Talk/Keynote, Other, 06/2010.
  • “Projecting Authority in Anglo-America: Daniel Coxe and Overseas Enterprise in Restoration England,” symposium sponsored by the Institute of Historical Research and Sussex University, Venice Italy. Invited Talk/Keynote, Other, 2010.
  • “The Ball-Headed War Club as Weapon, Ritual Object, and Artifact,” Utah Museum of Fine Arts for the Splendid Heritage exhibit. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/2009.
  • “The Land Beneath Their Feet: Understanding Indian Property Transfers in Early American History,” McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 2009.
  • “The Governor and the Indian King,” USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute Roundtable on new research in early American Indian history, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA. Conference Paper, Presented, 2008.
  • “British-Native American Diplomacy in a Transatlantic Context,” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, New York City. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 2008.

Languages

  • French, basic.
  • Spanish, basic.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Americas
  • Northern America
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Publications

  • Origin Stories: Frederick Jackson Turner and Early American History. In progress, 08/15/2018.
  • America's History, 9th edition, published by Bedford/St. Martin's. In press, 09/01/2017.
  • The Americas in the Early Modern Era: Origins to Independence and Revolution. In progress, 08/15/2017.
  • “European Emigration to the Americas, 1492-1800: A Hemispheric View,” Journal of Early American History. Revise/resubmit(1), 03/15/2017.
  • Boston's Massacre. Published, 03/05/2017.
  • America’s History, 8th ed., published by Bedford-St. Martin’s. Published, 01/15/2014.
  • “Anglo-Amerindian Diplomatic Relations in the Americas,” in Huw Bowen, Elizabeth Mancke, and John Reid, eds., Britain’s Oceanic Empire: Projecting Imperium in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean Worlds, ca. 1550-1800 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 218-248. Published, 07/2012.
  • Co-authored with Rebecca Horn, “Territorial Crossings: Histories and Historiographies of the Early Americas,” William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd Series, 67 no. 3 (2010), 395-432. Published, 07/2010.
  • The Two Hendricks: Unraveling a Mohawk Mystery. Published, 2010.
  • “Declaring Independence: The Ohio Indians in the Seven Years’ War,” in Cultures in Conflict: The Seven Years’ War in North America, ed. Warren Hofstra (New York: Rowman and Littlefield). Published, 2007.
  • At the Edge of Empire: The Backcountry in British North America, co-authored with Peter C. Mancall, in the series Regional Interpretations of Early America, edited by Jack Greene and J. R. Pole (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press). Published, 2003.
  • “Memories Under Siege: Rites of Power and Commemoration in Occupied Boston,” in Lucia Carle and Antoinette Fauve-Chamoux, editors, Situazioni d’Assedio/Cities Under Siege/Etats de Siege (Florence: Pagnini e Martinelli), 407-12. Published, 2002.
  • “‘Liberating Contrivances’: Narrative and Identity in Midwestern Histories,” in Andrew R. L. Cayton and Susan Gray, eds., The American Midwest: Essays in Regional History (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001), 48-68. Published, 2001.
  • “Liberty and Power in the Old Northwest, 1763-1800,” in David Curtis Skaggs and Larry Nelson, editors, The Sixty Years’ War for the Great Lakes (Lansing: Michigan State University Press), 227-242. Published, 2001.
  • “Westmoreland County and the Struggle for Empire: The Search for Authority in the Pennsylvania Backcountry,” Westmoreland History, vol. 6, no. 1, 4-17. Published, 2001.
  • “Translation and Cultural Brokerage,” in Neal Salisbury and Phil Deloria, editors, The Blackwell Companion to Native American History (Oxford and Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Publishers), 357-375. Published, 2001.
  • “The Amerindian Population in 1763,” in Jack Greene and J. R. Pole, editors, A Companion to the American Revolution, (Oxford and Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Publishers), 94-98. Published, 2000.
  • Elusive Empires: Constructing Colonialism in the Ohio Valley, 1673-1800 (New York: Cambridge University Press); paperback edition, 1999. Published, 1997.
  • “The ‘Four Indian Kings’ and the Imaginative Construction of the First British Empire,” The William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd Ser., 487-526. Published, 1996.