C. V.


Towson University, Towson, Md.

Professor, 2018-Present

Associate Professor, 2013-2018

Director of American Studies, 2013-present

Assistant Professor, 2007-2013

Colgate University, Hamilton, N.Y.

Visiting Assistant Professor of History, 2006-7

Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Penn.

Visiting Assistant Professor of History, 2005-6

Administrative Experience

Towson University, Towson, Md.

Chairperson of the History Department, Fall 2018-Present

Acting Chairperson of the History Department, Fall 2017

Director of American Studies, 2013-2018


Ph.D. History University of Delaware, 2005

M.A. History University of Delaware, 2001

B.A. History and Economics University of Virginia, 1999

Fields of Specialization

Primary Fields: United States History, Colonial Era to Present

Secondary Field: The Atlantic World, Economy and Culture, 1500-1800



A Biography of a Map in Motion: Augustine Herrman’s Chesapeake (New York University Press, 2018)

Empire at the Periphery: British Colonists, Anglo-Dutch Trade, and the Development of the British Atlantic, 1621-1713 (New York University Press: Early American Places Book Series, 2011; paperback 2015).

Peer Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

“Imagining the West Indies: An Early English Map of Montserrat,” Winterthur Portfolio, 53, 1 (Spring, 2019), 3-39.

“Anglo-Dutch Trade in the Chesapeake and the British Caribbean, 1621-1733,” in Gert Oostindie & Jessica Roitman, ed., Dutch Atlantic Connections, 1680-1800: Networks and Nodal Points (Leiden: Brill, 2014), 72-102.

“Spanning the Peninsula: Augustine Herrman, the South River, and Anglo-Dutch overland trade in the Northern Chesapeake,” De Halve Maen: Journal of the Holland Society of New York, 84 (Winter 2011), 61-68.

“The Merchant, the Map, and Empire: Augustine Herrman’s Chesapeake and Interimperial Trade, 1644-1673,” William and Mary Quarterly, 67, 4 (October 2010), 603-44.

“A ‘Dangerous Principle’: Free Trade Discourses in Barbados and the English Leeward Islands, 1650-1689,” Early American Studies, 5, 1 (Spring 2007), 132-63.

“Constructing the Empire: English Governors and Inter-Imperial Trade in New York and the Leeward Islands, 1621-1689,” Itinerario, 31, 1 (2007), 35-60.

“An Adaptive Presence: the Dutch role in the English Caribbean before and after the ‘fall’ of Dutch Brazil,” De Halve Maen: Journal of the Holland Society of New York, 78, 4 (Winter 2005), 69-76.

Invited Pieces

“Smuggling in Early America,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia: American History. January 2016.

“Balancing Center and Periphery,” in the Forum: “Rethinking Mercantilism” William and Mary Quarterly, 69, 2 (January 2012), 41-46.

“The Social History of the Atlantic world, 1500-1800,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of America Social History, Editor in Chief, Lynn Dumenil, 2011.

Recent Book Reviews

“More than Just illustrations: the Cartographic Turn in Early American History,” review essay of S. Max Edelson, The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America Before Independenceand Martin Brückner, The Social Life of Maps in America, 1750-1860in Reviews in American History, 47, 1 (March 2019), 17-23.

Wim Klooster, The Dutch Moment: War, Trade, and Settlement in the Seventeenth-Century Atlantic Worldin The American Historical Review, 123, 1 (2018), 187-188.

Benjamin Schmidt, Inventing Exoticism: Geography, Globalism, and Europe’s Early Modern World in The Journal of Early Modern History, 19 (2015), 579-81.

Donna Merwick, Stuyvesant Bound: An Essay on Loss Across Time in American Historical Review, 119, 4 (2014), 1250-51.

Mark Meuwese, Brothers in Arms, Partners in Trade: Dutch-Indigenous Alliances in the Atlantic World, 1595-1674 in The Journal of Early American History, 4, 3 (2014), 274-76.

Peter Andreas, Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America in Political Science Quarterly, 129, 2 (2014), 354-55.

Linda M. Rupert, Creolization and Contraband: Curacao in the Early Modern Atlantic World, in The American Historical Review, 118, 3 (2013): 900-901.

James D. Drake, The Nation’s Nature: How Continental Presumptions Gave Rise to the United States of America (2011), in The Journal of Southern History, 79, 1 (2013), 146-47.

Buddy Levy. River of Darkness: Francisco Orellana’s Legendary Voyage of Death and Discovery Down the Amazon. (2011), in The Historian, 65, 1 (2013), 162-63.

Michael J. Jarvis, In the Eye of All Trade: Bermuda, Bermudians, and the Maritime Atlantic World, 1680-1783 (2010), in The William and Mary Quarterly, 3d ser., 69, 3 (2012), 862-65.

Daniel K. Richter, Before the Revolution: America’s Ancient Pasts (2011), in Common-place. The Interactive Journal of Early American Life, at common-place.org, June 2012.

Alison Games, The Web of Empire: English Cosmopolitans in an Age of Expansion, 1560-1660 (2008), in Social History, 34, 4 (2009), 485-87.

Recent Fellowships and Grants Received

  • Faculty Development and Research Committee Grant, Towson University, 2014-15
  • NEH Research Fellowship, Winterthur Museum and Library, Winterthur, Delaware, 2011
  • Jeannette D. Black Memorial Research Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library, Providence, 2011
  • Faculty Development and Research Committee Summer Research Fellowship, Towson University, 2009
  • Towson Academy of Scholars, Towson University, 2008-09
  • American Historical Association Kraus Research Grant, 2007
  • International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, Harvard University, Short-Term Research Grant, 2007
  • Colgate University Discretionary Research Grant, 2007
  • Gilder-Lehrman Research Fellowship from the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg, 2006
  • Gipson Institute of Eighteenth Century Studies Research Fellowship, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, 2006
  • Barra Dissertation Fellowship, McNeil Center of Early American Studies, Philadelphia, 2004

Recent Presentations


“Things to Think With: The Use of Borders on Early Modern Maps of the British Atlantic,” The Power of Maps and the Politics of Borders,” American Philosophical Society Library, Philadelphia, Penn.


“Things to Think With: The Use of Borders on Seventeenth-Century Maps of the British Atlantic,” Geographies of Power Workshop, Philadelphia, Penn.

“A Biography of a Map in Motion: Augustine Herrman’s Chesapeake,” Washington Map Society, Library of Congress, Washington, DC


“Imagining the West Indies: An Early English Map of Montserrat,” British Group in Early American Studies 2017 Annual Meeting, Portsmouth, England

“Between Local and Imperial: Manuscript and Printed Maps of the British West Indies,” 48thAnnual Meeting for the American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies, Minneapolis, Minn.


“An Apparatus of Empire: The Consumption of an Early Modern Atlantic Map,” 22nd Annual Omohundro Institute Conference, Worcester, Mass.


“From Manuscript to Print: The Transformation of an Early Modern Atlantic Map” sabbatical presentation, Towson University, Towson, Md.


“From Manuscript to Print: The Transformation of an Early Modern Atlantic Map,” 45th Annual Meeting for the American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies, Williamsburg, Va.


“Mapping Delaware in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries,” Common Destinations: maps and the American Experience, Winterthur Museum, Gardens, & Library, Winterthur, Del.


“Reimagining the Chesapeake: Augustine Herrman, Local Mapmaking, and Imperial Geographies in the late seventeenth century,” Washington Area Early American Seminar, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

“The Dutch and the Making of the British Atlantic, 1621-1733,” Dutch Atlantic Connections, ca. 1680-1800, KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute for Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, Leiden, Netherlands