Bio


My research and teaching focus on the history of slavery and racial prejudice in the United States during the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I have particular interest in the ways that attitudes toward slavery and toward African Americans evolved in state politics and national politics. I am currently at work on a book manuscript, tentatively titled: Ineradicable Prejudice: The Politics of Emancipation and Exclusion, 1776-1877. I live in Menlo Park with my wife, son, and two large, exceedingly friendly dogs. Occasionally, one of these exceedingly friendly dogs accompanies me during office hours.

Academic Appointments


  • Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

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.

2018-19 Courses