Through engaging with the fields of Atlantic and Caribbean history, I gained an appreciation for how the environment and global forces have shaped human communities in the past and present. Consequently, my research and teaching seek to ground the local in world-historical narratives. As a doctoral candidate, I teach courses on early American history with the goal of illuminating how North America fits into the broader currents of Atlantic history. My dissertation, “Building the Bridge: the labor and political economy of urbanization in Bridgetown, Barbados, 1627-1800,” studies how people in colonial Barbados confronted the challenges and problems associated with building port towns in a slave-based, sugar economy. Telling such a story demands considering the role of the environment in shaping urban infrastructure as well as the relationship between global trade and urbanization in the early modern Caribbean. As the current Fellow in World History, I hope to deepen my engagement with world history as I continue the process of writing my doctoral dissertation.
Early American History