i’m a Canadian working in the United states. i earned my bachelor’s degree from the university of toronto, and my master’s and phd from dalhousie university (halifax, nova scotia). after a brief stint in montreal i was awarded two post-doctoral fellowships at the university of british columbia (vancouver, Bc) and then secured a job at wesleyan university (connecticut) in 2012.

my research focuses on early north america, and i’m particularly interested in settler-indigenous relations, the revolutionary era, the history of resistance and progressive ideals.

My first book, homelands and empires (UTP 2017) explored how indigenous nations, english settlers, and french settlers used maps and geography and the language of space to negotiate boundaries and sovereignty in the northeast.

my new book, north of america (yale 2022) argues that indigenous homelands and british provinces played a crucial role in shaping the american revolution and the creation of the united states.

my current book project, tentatively called american levellers: the indigenous roots of north american radicalism, explores how indigenous societies in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries informed settler ideologies and movements to organize against capital and state power. 

When not doing things academic, I can be found hanging out with my wife and two kids (and one dog), riding my bike as far as i can, and recording songs in the attic.