Post-Doctoral Fellow in Early American History, university of new Mexico, Room 1111, mesa vista hall, Albuquerque, new Mexico, 87131

adjunct research fellow, monash indigenous centre, Monash University, 3800, Melbourne, Australia


Yale University, Ph.D., American History, 2012
Yale University, M. Phil. with distinction, American History, 2008
Yale University, MA, American History, 2008
Masters of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, Painting, 1997
Clark Honors College, University of Oregon, B.A., History, cum laude, 1990


franklin research fellowship, American philosophical society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2016

mcColl Fellowship, American Geographical Society, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2014

Research Fellowship, the Lewis Walpole Library, Farmington, Connecticut, 2013

Filson Fellow, Filson Historical Society, Louisville, Kentucky, 2013

Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS), Newberry Library, 2012

Visiting Research Fellow, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2011-2012

Doctoral Student Research Award, Canadian Government, 2011

Lauréat, Association Internationale des Etudes Québécoises, 2011

John F. Enders Award, Yale University, summer 2011

Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders Fellowship, 2009

Macmillan Pre-Dissertation Fellowship, Yale University, 2008-09

Research Fellowship, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University 2008

Pre-Prospectus Fellowship, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 2007

Dominick Fellow, Yale University 2006-2008

Agrarian Studies Fellowship, Yale University, 2006

Ganzfreid Family Foundation Research Fellowship, Yale University 2006

Fulbright Fellowship, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1994


Books forthcoming:

cataraqui: dominion, possession, and land rights in The Borderland of North American Empires, 1783 – 1848 (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2017)

Articles forthcoming:

“The Canada Thistle: The Pestilence of North American Colonialisms and the Emergence of an Exceptionalist Identity, 1783-1837,” Agricultural History, Vol. 90, No.3 (Fall, 2016)

“Trauma as a category of historical analysis in American histories,” Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies (Special Issue, Fall/Winter 2017)

naming violence: one indigenous life and the violence of translation,” The Journal of Social History, being revised.  


Published writings:

“Jeffersonian Jews: The Jewish Agrarian Diaspora and the Assimilative Power of the Western Land, 1882-1930,” Western Historical Quarterly (Fall 2010), 327-353.

“Pre-emption Act of 1841” in David Bernstein and Chris Magoc, Eds. Imperialism and Expansionism in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia, 4 volumes, (ABC-CLIO, 2014), co-authored with Zachary Quaratella.

“Shays’s Rebellion,” Encyclopedia of the American Enlightenment, Mark. G. Spencer, Ed., (Bloomsbury, 2014), co-authored with Claire Priest.

“Frontier,” “Land Policy,” and “Honor,” The Encyclopedia of United States Political History, (CQ Press, 2010).

Review, Laurie Arnold, Bartering with the Bones of the Their Dead: The Colville Confederated Tribes and Termination, New Mexico Historical Review Vol. 89, No. 1, 2014.

Review, Ellen Eisenberg, Ava F. Kahn, and William Toll, Eds., Jews of the Pacific Coast:  Reinventing Community on America’s Edge, Western Historical Quarterly, SummeR, 2011.

Review, Rebellious Younger Brother: Oneida Leadership and Diplomacy, 1750-1800, by David J. Norton, Military History of the West, Vol. 40, 2010.

Review, Seeing Yellowstone in 1871: Earliest Descriptions & Images from the Field and Immigrant Women in the Settlement of Missouri, Journal of the West, Vol. 44, No. 4, Spring, 2006.


Lecturer Level B (Assistant Professor), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, July 2013 – Present

  • Race and Rights in Twentieth-Century America (Semester 2, 2015)

    • student evaluations gave this unit a median score of higher than 4.6 out of 5.0

  • Colonial America: From Puritans to Revolutionaries (Semester 1, 2015)

    • Student evaluations gave this unit a median score of higher than 4.4 out of 5.0

  • American Empire: The United States from Colonies to Superpower (Semester 1, 2014)

    • Student evaluations gave this unit a median score of higher than 4.7 out of 5.0

  • Received a letter of commendation for excellence in teaching from the Assistant Dean for Education

  • The American Civil War and Reconstruction Era (Semester 2, 2013, 2014)

    • Student evaluations gave this unit a median score of higher than 4.8 out of 5.0

  • Received a letter of commendation for excellence in teaching from the Assistant Dean for Education

  • Advised seven honors students in American history and International Studies to the successful completion of their honors theses

Visiting Assistant Professor, Sewanee: The University of the South, July 2012 – July 2013

  • Environmental History, Age of Revolution in the Atlantic World, United States History Survey, Colonial America, American West, Historiography


editorial board, agricultural history, 2016 - 2019

Member, Research Committee, School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Monash University, 2013 to present.

American History Curriculum Review Committee, Monash University, 2015 to present.

Participant, Symposium: Researching and Documenting Histories of Trauma, Australian Centre for Jewish Civilization, Monash University, June 9-11, 2014

Co-Organizer, Australian New Zealand American Studies Association (ANZASA) Annual Meeting, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, July 2015

Everett E. Edwards Award Committee, Agricultural History Society, 2013-2106

Participant, Yale School of Law Indigenous Law and Legal Theory Reading Group, Yale University, 2011-2012

Invited Participant, Comparative History Workshop, The Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples, York University, Toronto, March 19-
21, 2010.

Co-Chair The Past’s Digital Presence: Database, Archive, and Knowledge Work in the Humanities, Symposium, Yale University, February 19-20, 2010.

Co-Convener (with Adam Tooze) Historical Theory Reading Colloquium, Yale University, 2010-2011.


Panelist, Jewish Diasporas and the “Other” in the Global West, the Western Historical Association Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon, October 21-24, 2015

Panelist, Commons in Comparison: The Transnational Culture of Customary Rights to Land in Nineteenth Century France and the United States and Animal Pathways in the Making of a North American Borderland, 10,000 BCE to 1534, Agricultural History Association Annual Meeting, Lexington, Kentucky, June 2-4, 2015

On Our Own Grounds: The Legacy of William Apess, a Pequot – A Symposium, Amherst College, December 6, 2012

Selected Participant, Summer Institute “Territory, Commemoration, and Monument: Indigenous and Settler Histories of Place and Power,” Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies, Summer Institute, Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, July 16-Aug 10, 2012


French (fluent), Spanish (reading knowledge)


Agricultural History Association
American Historical Association
American Society for Environmental History
Coalition for Western Women’s History
National Council on Public History
Native American and Indigenous Studies Association
The Society for the Historians of the Early American Republic
Western Historical Association


The Chinese Massacre of 1885, Community Fine Arts Center, Rock Springs, WY

Theory and History at Yale

The Past’s Digital Presence: Database, Archive, and Knowledge Work in the Humanities