Biography: I grew up in Swarthmore, Pa., and graduated
from Oberlin College with majors in anthropology and history. I then
took two years to travel when I could and work (as a canvasser, waiter,
temp., and archaeologist) when I had to. In 1991, I enrolled in the
Anthropology Dept. of Cornell University; I transferred to the History
Dept. three years later. The chairman of my graduate committee was
Daniel Usner. I received my Ph.D. in 1998, and spent the 1998-1999
academic year teaching at three colleges in the Portland, Or. area.
The fall 1999 semester is my first at OU.
The aim of my research is to find new ways to integrate Native American
history into our narratives of American history. My dissertation
focused on the eighteenth-century Creek town of Oakfuskee (located in what
is now Alabama). In this project, I investigate the "peculiar connections"
that linked this one Indian community to the Euro-American communities
to its east. In doing so, I ask historians to do two things: take
seriously the idea that we need to look beneath tribal labels to uncover
the nuances and complexities of colonial-era Indian life; show a willingness
to trace socio-cultural processes across political and cultural boundaries.
I am currently revising my dissertation for publication. To see my curriculum
vita, click here.
I was hired at OU as a colonial Americanist who could also teach
courses in Native American history. My courses for 1999-2000 include
the first half of the American survey, the American Colonies, and Eastern
Native Americans in the Colonial Period, in addition to several directed
reading classes. In the future, I hope to teach undergraduate and
graduate seminars focused on: race and ethnicity in early America, colonial
communities, the historiography of Native Americans, and the relation between
history and anthropology.
Course syllabi for Fall 1999.
History 3083: American Colonies