I am a political historian of the American founding era interested in popular politics, protest, and partisan polarization.
I received my B.A. and M.A. in History from the University of Western Ontario. In the fall of 2014, I left Toronto, Ontario for Charlottesville, Virginia to begin my doctorate at the University of Virginia (and to enjoy some warmer weather!). My dissertation, Politics at the Poles: Liberty Poles and the Popular Struggle for the New Republic, argued that conflicts over liberty poles in the 1790s ignited a national conversation over the place of protest in American democracy. I completed my PhD in the spring of 2019 and returned to Canada as the University College Fellow in Early American History at the University of Toronto for the 2019-2020 academic year .
My article, "Liberty Poles and the Fight for Popular Politics," appeared in the Journal of the Early Republic's Winter 2018 issue. I have also written pieces for The Washington Post, Inside Higher Ed, Nursing Clio, and American Revolutions. I have appeared as a guest on BBC Radio 5, CBC News, CTV News, Ben Franklin’s World and The Whiskey Rebellion.
In my ever-decreasing spare time, I enjoy playing soccer, ultimate frisbee, and squash. I am also an avid theater-goer and have successfully completed an embarrassing number of escape rooms.