Bio


My research and teaching focus on the intertwined histories of slavery and racial prejudice in the United States during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I have particular interest in the construction, contestation, and evolution of racialized ideas. I am currently at work on a book, tentatively titled: Black Freedom and the Nation: The Deep Roots of Exclusionary Prejudice in America. I have a PhD in History from Stanford. I live in Menlo Park with my wife, son, and two large, exceedingly friendly dogs.

Academic Appointments


  • Lecturer, History

Administrative Appointments


  • Lecturer, Stanford University, History Department (2017 - 2018)

Professional Education


  • PHD, Stanford University, History (2017)
  • MBA, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Finance (1998)
  • BA, Yale University, History (1993)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


My research and teaching focus on the history of slavery and racial prejudice in the United States, during the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.