- Doctoral Candidate, Pennsylvania State University
My research touches the social history of maritime communities in early modern England and France, with particular interests in the historical geography of Atlantic trade and sea industry, the production of scientific and technical marine knowledge, migration studies, and European refugee and alien communities.
Awards and Service:
Early Modern Global
The Atlantic Gate: Anglo-Huguenot Geographies of Expertise in the Western Channel Community, 1558-1685
This dissertation traces the development of Protestant-rooted, kinship-based commercial networks joining the ports of southwest England and western France between the accession of Elizabeth I and the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. I contend that Anglo-Huguenot interactions in the western Channel represent an important point of origin for the religious and commercial communities of early northern America. In doing so, I recast English maritime expertise as a defined geographical process, one that was animated by merchants and seafarers operating within the transnational networks of activism, kinship, and migration that connected the trading regions of Atlantic Europe. Altogether, my project locates the seeds of the cosmopolitan trading culture and religious societies of northern America in the cross-Channel social exchanges of the Old World.