Department of English, History, and Interdisciplinary Studies
Elizabeth City State University
Campus Box 851, 1704 Weeksville Road (mailing)
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Associate Professor of History, Elizabeth City State University
Assistant Professor of History, Elizabeth City State University
August 2010-June 2016
Archives Technician, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, MD
May 2006-May 2010
Graduate Assistant, National Park Service and Department of History, University of Maryland
August 2009-July 2010
Project: NPS-commissioned Historical Resource Study of Harmony Hall, a colonial-era property in Prince George’s County, Maryland
Instructor, Department of History, University of Maryland
January-May 2009; January 2010
Teaching Assistant, Department of History, University of Maryland
August 2006-May 2008
Teaching Assistant, Department of History, Marquette University
August 2003-May 2005
University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Ph.D., Modern British History and the History of the British Empire, 2010
Dissertation Title: “Royal Subjects, Imperial Citizens: The Making of British Imperial Culture, 1860-1901”
Dissertation committee: Richard N. Price (advisor and chair), Paul Landau, Dane Kennedy, Julie Greene, Ralph Bauer
Minor Field: African History
Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
M.A., Early Modern and Modern European History, May 2005
Wheeling (formerly Jesuit) University, Wheeling, WV
B.A., summa cum laude with Laut honors, History, 2003
Royal Tourists, Colonial Subjects, and the Making of a British World, 1860-1911, Studies in Imperialism (Manchester University Press, 2016; paperback edition, 2018).
Empire of Justice: Race, Citizenship, and Belonging in Colonial South Africa, 1840-1923
Queen Victoria: A Reference Guide to Her Life and Works (Rowman & Littlefield, due 2023).
Articles and Chapters
“Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha: Prince Consort of the World,” English Consorts: Power, Influence, Dynasty, ed. Aidan Norrie, Carolyn Harris, Joanna Laynesmith, Danna Messer, and Elena Woodacre (Palgrave MacMillan, 2022).
“Global Tourists, Imperial Princes: The Gaekwads of Baroda in Britain, Empire, and the World, 1875-1930s,” Global Royal Families, ed. Robert Aldrich, Cindy McCreery, and Falko Schnicke (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
“Royalty, Loyalism, and Citizenship in the Late Nineteenth-Century British Settler Empire,” in Royals on Tour: Politics and Pageantry in Colonies and Metropoles, ed. Robert Aldrich and Cindy McCreery (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018).
“Cooperation at its Limits: Re-Reading the British Constitution in South Africa,” in Cooperation and Empire: Local Realities of Global Processes, ed. Tanja Bührer, Flavio Eichmann, Stig Förster and Benedikt Stuchtey (Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2017).
“Imperial Citizenship in a British World” (with Anne Rush), in Routledge Global Citizenship Studies Handbook (Routledge, 2014).
“Imperial Citizenship and the Origins of South African Nationalism,” in Crossing Boundaries: Ethnicity, Race, and National Belonging in a Transnational World, ed. Brian Behnken and Simon Wendt (Lexington Books, 2013).
“Respectable Subjects of the Queen: The Royal Tour of 1901 and Imperial Citizenship in South Africa,” in Britishness, Identity, and Citizenship: The View from Abroad (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2011).
Blogs and Interviews
Working Historians Podcast, December 2018.
“The Victorian Origins of Will and Kate in India,” Imperial and Global Forum, Centre for Imperial and Global History, University of Exeter.
A History of Harmony Hall. Historical Resource Study. National Park Service, 2011.
Review of Empress: Queen Victoria and India, by Miles Taylor. Journal of British Studies 59, no. 2 (2020): 459–61.
Review of Visions of Empire: How Five Imperial Regimes Shaped the World, by Krishan Kumar. Canadian Journal of History 55 no. 1 (2020): 165-167.
Review of An African in Imperial London: The Indomitable Life of A. B. C. Merriman-Labor, by Danell Jones. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (October 2019).
Review of Exhibiting the Empire: Cultures of Display and the British Empire, ed. John McAleer and John M. MacKenzie. Journal of Interdisciplinary History (Winter 2019).
Review of Building Better Britains?: Settler Societies within the British Empire, 1783–1920, by Cecilia Morgan. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (October 2017).
Review of Ten Books that Shaped The British Empire, edited by Antoinette Burton and Isabel Hofmeyr. Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians (October 2016).
Review of The British Empire and the Hajj, 1865-1956, by John Slight. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (March 2017).
Review of Colonial Survey and Native Landscapes in Rural South Africa, 1850-1913: The Politics of Divided Space in the Cape and Transvaal, by Frederick Braun. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (forthcoming).
Review of The Borders of Race in Colonial South Africa: The Kat River Settlement, 1829-1856, by Robert Ross. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (November 2014).
Review of Monarchy and Empire: The End of Empire: The House of Windsor, the British Government, and the Postwar Commonwealth, by Philip Murphy. H-Albion, H-Net Reviews. October 2014.
Review of Britain’s Experience of Empire in the Twentieth Century, ed. Andrew Thompson. International History Review 36, no. 4 (2014), 368-369.
Review of In the Cause of Freedom: Radical Black Internationalism from Harlem to London, 1917-1939 by Minkah Makalani. Journal of the North Carolina of Association of Historians 22 (2014).
Review of Edge of Empire: The British Political Officer and the Tribal Administration of the North-West Frontier, 1877-1947, by Christian Tripodi. International History Review 36, no. 2 (March 2014).
Review of A Cultural History of the British Census: Envisioning the Multitude in the Nineteenth Century, by Kathrin Levitan. Cercles: Revenue pluridisciplinaire du monde anglophone. May 2013.
Review of White Chief, Black Lords: Shepstone and the Colonial State in Natal, South Africa, 1845-1878, by Thomas McClendon. Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 13 (Winter 2012).
Review of Empire in Question: Reading, Writing, and Teaching British Imperialism, by Antoinette Burton. Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians 20 (2013).
Review of John Bright: Statesman, Orator, Agitator, by Bill Cash. Cercles: Revenue pluridisciplinaire du monde anglophone. July 2012.
Review of Migration and Empire, by Marjory Harper and Stephen Constantine. H-Albion, N-Net Reviews. January 2012.
Review of Europe’s Indians: Producing Racial Difference, 1500-1900, by Vanith Seth. Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians 19 (July 2011).
Review of The Royal Hunt in Eurasian History, by Thomas T. Allsen. Journal of World History 19 (March 2008): 115-117.
Entries on “Shaka (Zulu),” “Xhosa,” and “Indigenous Australians,” in Native Peoples of the World (M.E. Sharpe, 2012).
General articles on South African history, 1750-1900 and 1900-1950, Encyclopedia of World History (Facts-on-File, 2009).
Presenter. “The Bambatha Revolt and the Quest for an Empire of Justice, 1906-08.” Britain & the World Conference. June 2021.
Presenter. “Princely Tourists: Gaekwads of Baroda in Britain Before and After the End of Empire,” Global Royal Families: Concepts, Cultures, and Networks of International Monarchy, 1800-2020, German Historical Institute London. January 2020.
Presenter. “India and the Victorians” (roundtable), at the North American Conference on British Studies, Vancouver. November 2019.
Chair and Commentator. “National, Transnational, and Imperial Projects,” at the Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies, Williamsburg. April 2019.
Chair and Commentator. “Dressed for War: Gender, Fashion, and Empire in the British Military,” at the Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies, College Park. April 2017.
Organizer and Chair. “History at Minority-Serving Institutions: Strategies and Opportunities,” at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Denver. January 2017.
Presenter. “Paris, 1919: Pan-Africanism and the Case for Imperial Citizenship ,” at the North Carolina Association of Historians Annual Meeting, Greensboro, April 2016.
Presenter. “Royal Ritual and Performance in Colonial Africa,” at North American Conference on British Studies, Little Rock. November 2015.
Presenter. “Tuning History at Elizabeth City State University,” at HBCU Student Success Summit, Atlanta. June 2015.
Chair and Commentator. “Trade, Empire, and the Law,” at North Carolina Association of Historians Annual Meeting, Fayetteville. March 2015.
Chair and Commentator. “Civilization and Empire I: Education and ‘Improving’ the Masses in Britain and the Empire,” at the Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies Meeting, Baltimore. March 2015.
Moderator and Co-Organizer. “History Departments in the 21st Century: Tuning, Social Media and Preserving the Discipline,” at North Carolina Association of Historians Annual Meeting, Elizabeth City. April 2014.
Presenter. “The Empire Comes ‘Home”’ The 1909 South African Delegation to Britain and the Limits of Imperial Citizenship,” at North Carolina Association of Historians Annual Meeting, Elizabeth City. April 2014.
Presenter. “Empire, Gender, and Imperial Citizenship in British South Africa, 1853-1910,” at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. January 2014.
Presenter. “Recalibrating a World History Survey at a Public HBCU,” Undergraduate Teaching/Tuning Workshop, at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. January 2014. (Inside Higher Ed article)
Commentator. “Settling and Unsettling the Mid-Victorian Empire: Australia and South Africa,” at the North American Conference on British Studies, Portland. November 2013.
Presenter. “African Respectables, the South African Native Labour Contingent, and a Trans-Atlantic (British) World,” at the Southeastern Regional Seminar in African Studies, Greenville, NC. September 2013.
Presenter. “Royal Sailors and the Making of Imperial Culture, 1860-1901,” at “Navy and Nation, 1688 to the Present,” National Maritime Museum, Greenwich (UK). July 2013.
Presenter. “Loyalty, Respectability, and Imperial Citizenship in British South Africa, 1860-1923,” at Cooperation and Empire, University of Bern (Switzerland). June 2013.
Presenter. “Student Engagement and Success in a Hybrid Course Environment,” at North Carolina Association of Historians Annual Meeting, Cullowhee, March 2013.
Organizer and Chair. “Empire Stories: Pedagogical Approaches to Comparative Histories of Empire,” at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans. January 2013.
Presenter. “Sol Plaatje, South African Nationalist in a Trans-Atlantic (British) World,” at the Conference of the Triangle African American History Colloquium, Chapel Hill. February 2012.
Chair and Commentator. “Constructing Loyalists: Britain and South Africa in the Early Twentieth Century,” at the Southern Conference on British Studies/Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting, Baltimore. October 2011.
Presenter. “The Royal Tour and the (Re)making of British Imperial Culture, 1860-1945,” at Staging Empire: New Perspectives on the 1911 Imperial Assemblage at Delhi, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK). September 2011.
Presenter. “‘Positively Cosmopolitan’: Respectability and Imperial Citizenship in Colonial South Africa,” at the North Carolina Association of Historians Annual Meeting, Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City. March 2011.
Participant. Andrew W. Mellon Summer Seminar in the Humanities on Modern British History. Department of History, Columbia University. May-June 2010.
Presenter. “Royal Tourists and Empire, 1860-1901,” at “From the Grand Tour to Mass Tourism: The Modern History of the British Abroad,” School for Historical Studies, University of Newcastle (UK). March 2010.
Presenter. “Imperial Citizenship and Human Rights,” at Britain’s World System: Trade, Migration and Politics, 1815-1931, Centre for Research on the English-speaking World (CREW), Université Paris III – Sorbonne nouvelle. March 2010.
Participant. Fall seminar on “India in British Political Thought, c. 1600-1800.” Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC. September-November 2009.
Presenter. “Respectable Subjects of the Queen: Royal Tours and Imperial Citizenship in South Africa, 1860-1901,” at Britishness, Citizenship, and Identity: The View from Abroad, University of Huddersfield (UK). June 2008.
Participant. Spring Symposium on “British Political Thought in an Age of Globalization, c. 1750-1800.” Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC. April 2008.
Presenter. “Royal Tourists Encounter the Empire in South Africa and India, 1860-1875,” at the Mid- Atlantic Conference on British Studies, Baltimore. April 2008.
HONORS, AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND SCHOLARSHIPS
– Grant/fellowship, NEH Awards for Faculty (2022)
– Grant (institutional), AHA-NEH Grant to Sustain and Advance the Work of Historical Organizations (2022)
– Fellow, Royal Historical Society (elected 2021)
– Grant, Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society (2021)
– Travel bursary, German Historical Institute London (2020)
– Research Project Mini-Grant, Division of Academic Affairs, Elizabeth City State University (2018)
– Teacher of the Year, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (2016-17)
– Travel bursary, National Maritime Museum UK (July 2013)
– Scholarly Publications Award, Department of History & Political Science, Elizabeth City State University (April 2012)
– Distinguished Dissertation Award, University of Maryland (nominated, 2011)
– Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Summer Seminar in the Humanities, Department of History, Columbia University (Summer 2010)
– Anne G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship, Graduate School, University of Maryland (Spring 2010, declined)
– Prange Fellowship in European History, Department of History, University of Maryland (2005-2006)
– Chair, Department of English, History, and Interdisciplinary Studies (2023- )
– Program Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Studies (2017-23)
– Program Coordinator, History (2017-19)
– Advisor, ECSU History Scholars (2014-)
– Director, Office of Undergraduate Research (2022- )
– Adult Learner Taskforce (2022- )
– University Curriculum Committee (2022- )
– Retention Advisory Board (2022- )
– International Programs Advisory Board (2022- )
– University Distance Learning Committee and State Authorization Reciprocal Agreement (SARA) Sub-committee (2017-18)
– Teacher of the Year Committee (2014-2017, 2019-22
– Chair, Black History Month Committee (2015-16, co-chair 2018-)
– University Personnel Committee (2020-2022)
– Distance Learning Advisory Board (2018- )
– Regional, State, and National History Day Judge (2019- )
– Planning Committee, Women and the Underground Railroad, Museum of the Albemarle (2017)
– Board, Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle (2016-2020)
– Advisory Board, Carolinas Diversity Council (2012-2016)
– Digital Editor & Treasurer, Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies (2019-)
– Past President, H-Net (2019)
– President, H-Net (2018)
– President-Elect, H-Net (2017)
– Associate Editor, Itinerario: International Journal on the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction (2015-)
– H-Net Council (2014-2016)
– President, North Carolina Association of Historians (2014-15)
– First Vice President, North Carolina Association of Historians (2013-14)
– Digital Editor, North Carolina Association of Historians (2013-)
– Participant, American Historical Association Tuning Project (2012-14)
– Network Editor, H-Empire (2011- )
– Review Editor, H-Empire (2011- )