Currently the research historian at Colonial Williamsburg, I'm originally from Baltimore, Maryland, and attended the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Virginia, where I earned my PhD in Early American history. I was also a lecturer at UVA on Colonial Virginia and British America. I was fortunate enough to have considerably benefited from Monticello's generosity, as the recipient of several fellowships (including the Monticello-UVA Dissertation Fellowship) and as director of the ICJS-sponsored Seminar on Transatlantic History. I've enjoyed other fellowships at Yale, the Huntington Library, Colonial Williamsburg, the Virginia Historical Society, and the John Carter Brown Library, after which I was appointed an Invited Scholar at Brown. My scholarly work focuses on the interaction of political economics and political culture in the era of the American Revolution.
...it is important to strengthen the State governments; and as this cannot be done by any change in the Federal Constitution (for the preservation of that is all we need contend for), it must be done by the States themselves... --Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Stuart, December 23, 1791more »