I recently received my PhD from King’s College London. My dissertation, entitled: “The Crimes of Piracy and its Punishment: The Performance of Maritime Supremacy in the British Atlantic World, 1670 – 1830,” examines British maritime and legal supremacy in its early American colonies in regards to maritime piracy. I use the public executions of pirates in London and the Americas as my narrative to see how the colonists reacted to increased legal restrictions by British authorities, which ultimately led to new ideas of autonomy.
My other research interests include Colonial American history, legal history in the Americas, settler societies, polite society, crime, punishments, and death in the early modern world.
Recently I have appeared on podcasts such as Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness. I have written about my research for various blogs and History Today, which can be found here. I have also had a media appearance on the BBC4 documentary, “Britain’s Outlaws: Highwaymen, Pirates and Rogues”. In this program I discussed the public execution of the pirate, Captain Kidd, at Execution Dock in London with the historian, Sam Willis.
My professional interests lie in the symbiotic relationship between history and media. I have a passion for historical film and I believe that pretty much any historical film or television show has something to offer. I find it fascinating to examine how films shape our perceptions of history for better or worse. I will be using this blog to review historical media productions about the history of piracy, observations about the importance of public history, and musings about being an American PhD in London.
You can often find me on twitter.