I study the first generation of Puritan settlers in the Massachusetts Bay Colony--roughly 1629-1650. I focus on the religious and political settlements created by that founding generation, comparing and contrasting them.
Currently I'm researching the concept of “discretion” in the development of the civil state and the religious settlement of the Cambridge Platform; the elevation of the sacrament of communion to ecstatic levels in the first decade of Massachusetts Bay Colony settlement as a response to both physical suffering, particularly cold and hunger, and psychological depression in that early period; and the lived reality of restricting the franchise to church members in the first decade of Massachusetts Bay Colony politics, reassessing the assumption that this caused resentment amongst non-members.
The Church Records Transcription Project, Congregational Library & Archives in Boston
- 11/2013 - Present
Educational Publishing, Secondary/Post-Secondary History
- 1/2002 - Present
Re-Evaluating the Pequot War
All United for the Liberties of All
The Pequot War was not an Indian War
“Naughty Canoes: Unteaching the Puritans”
I taught undergraduate literature, film studies, and composition at Stony Brook University and Tufts University.