- PhD, University of Notre Dame, 2005
- American intellectual, cultural, and religious history
- Changing conceptions of sin, wrongdoing, and moral responsibility
- American slavery debate
- The history of morality and humanitarianism
- I am working on a book on changing conceptions of sin, wrongdoing, and moral responsibility in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Anglo-American moral thought.
- “The Sins of Slaves and the Slaves of Sin: Toward a History of Moral Agency” for The Worlds of American Intellectual History.
- American Civilization before 1865 (HY 103)
- Honors American Civilization before 1865 (HY 105)
- American Thought and Culture before 1860
- American Thought and Culture since 1860
- American Religious History before 1870
- Morality and Social Change
- Slavery, Freedom, and Authority
- Undergraduate Writing Seminar
- Literature of American History to 1865 (graduate)
Awards and Honors
- Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities (2014-2015)
- Distinguished Fellow of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (Spring 2015)
- Summer Stipend, National Endowment for the Humanities (2013)
- Frederick A. and Marion S. Pottle Fellowship in 18th-Century British Studies, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University (2013)
- J. Carlyle Sitterson Visiting Scholar Grant, Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2013)
- Lapides Fellowship in Pre-1865 Juvenile Literature and Ephemera, American Antiquarian Society (2013)
- Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, Library Company of Philadelphia and Historical Society of Pennsylvania (2013)
- Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism Research Travel Grant, University of Notre Dame (2013)
- Research Grants Committee Award, University of Alabama (2011)
- John Highbarger Memorial Prize for an Exceptional Ph.D. Dissertation in History, University of Notre Dame (2006)
- Edward F. Sorin Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Notre Dame (2005-2006)
- Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (2004-2005)
- Polemical Pain: Slavery, Cruelty, and the Rise of Humanitarianism (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011).
- “The Cruelty of Slavery, The Cruelty of Freedom: Colonization and the Politics of Humaneness in the Early Republic,” in Affect and Abolition in the Anglo-Atlantic, 1770-1830, ed. Stephen Ahern (Farnham, England: Ashgate Press, 2013).
- “Antislavery and Proslavery,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History, eds. Joan Shelley Rubin and Scott Casper (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).
- “‘A Humane Master – An Oblidging Neighbor – A True Philanthropist’: Slavery, Cruelty, and Moral Philosophy,” Princeton University Library Chronicle 66 (Spring 2005* ): 493-512.
- “Apologetics of Harmony: Mathew Carey and the Rhetoric of Religious Liberty,” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 134 (January 2010): 5-30.