My dissertation, “Unfree Soil: Empire, Labor, and Coercion in the Upper Mississippi River Valley, 1812-1861,” examines the relationship between slavery and conquest in the Upper Midwest. I ask how federal policy, the law, and settler colonialism fostered unfreedom in an ostensibly free portion of the United States.
In addition to the dissertation, I am engaged in research on Native Americans’ adoption of US citizenship prior to the passage of the 14th Amendment in 1868. I am currently revising an article on citizenship, race, and belonging in the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians.
My reflections on agency as a category of analysis in the field of Native American history appeared in the June 2023 issue of The American Historical Review.