Cornell College, B.A., History and Ethnic Studies, 2008; University of Delaware, M.A., History, 2010.
Early America, Social and Cultural History
“Negotiating Freedom and Power in a Changing Borderland: The Intersections of Indigenous and Maroon Communities in Florida, 1693-1803”
Running through the plantation fields and into the woods, slaves began their dangerous, life-threatening journey from British North American colonies to Spanish Florida. Seeking refuge in Florida, a contested area of rivalry among European colonizers and among indigenous cultures, these runaway slaves encountered members of various indigenous groups of the region while attempting to maintain their freedom and rebuild their communities. Throughout the eighteenth century, the crossroads between these groups led to creative, volatile, strategic, and long-term relationships. My dissertation examines the complexities of life on a multicultural, dynamic, and negotiable Florida frontier from the perspective of maroons and their descendants as well as indigenous peoples who, willingly or unwillingly, migrated to the region. I received the museum studies certificate in 2010 and have an interest in digital humanities.