- Early American History, Nineteenth Century
- Democracy, Politics, and Political Culture
I completed a PhD in American History at University College London (UCL) in 2015 and am currently completing my first book called Harnessing Harmony: Music, Politics, and Power in the United States, 1788-1865, which is under contract with the University of North Carolina Press. It explores the significance of why and how music was incorporated into early American political culture and, in turn, sheds light on the relationship between elite power and ‘the people’ through their uses of culture in politics. The work has received support from the Newberry Library, the Royal Historical Society, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the Maryland History Society. And selection from this project about Federalists and “The Star-Spangled Banner” was published in the December 2015 issue of the Journal of the Early Republic. My forthcoming article about Confederate music and the politics of treason and disloyalty during the American Civil War will appear in the Journal of Southern History in February 2020.
Before coming to UBC, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in History with the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri, a doctoral exchange scholar at Yale University, and held teaching posts at Queen Mary University of London and the University of Portsmouth. Born in Houston but raised in Sydney, Australia, I earned my BA with honours and the University Medal from the University of New South Wales.
- Book Review Co-Editor, American Nineteenth Century History