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Portfolio of Work


Land of the Oneidas: Central New York State and the Creation of America, From Prehistory to the Present, Forthcoming with SUNY Press, 2023.

Ralph Waldo Emerson in Europe: Class, Race and Revolution in the Making of an American Thinker. London: I.B. Tauris, 2012. Published in paperback by Bloomsbury, 2020.


Academic Articles and Chapter Contributions

“Working-Class Germans in the Salt City: Syracuse, New York, 1860-1916,” New York History 103, no. 2 (2023): 361-76.

“‘L’homme religieux réformateur’: The First French Translation of Emerson in Adam Mickiewicz’s Revolutionary Tribune des peoples,” The New England Quarterly 90, no. 2 (2017): 252-61.

“Revolution,” in Ralph Waldo Emerson in Context, ed. Wesley T. Mott (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 127-35.

“American Slavery,” “The Fugitive Slave Law,” and other entries in The Critical Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson, ed. Tiffany Wayne (New York: Facts on File, 2010).

‘“Installing Judas as Steward”: Power, Perfectionism, and Responses to Emerson at the Oneida Community’, Emerson Society Papers 20, no. 1 (2009), 1, 12-15.

“Marc Chagall’s Self Portrait as Saint Matthew” co-authored with Prof. Martin Kemp, Kunstchronik 61, no. 4 (2008), 155-60.


Shorter Pieces

"Central New York Is On The Up," Oneida Dispatch, August 21, 2022.

"A History of the Vice Masters at Bedford School," History in Bedfordshire 9, no. 9 (2022): 25-30.

"'The Morning Hope of the Teacher': Ralph Waldo Emerson as Schoolmaster," Emerson Society Papers 33, no. 1 (2022): 8-9.

"The American Civil War and the Case for a 'Long' Age of Revolution," Muster, June 7, 2022.

"New York State - The American England," The Oldie, February 2022.

"An Emigre's Return to Syracuse, Covid Year Two," The Emigre, January 2022.

"A Welsh Immigrant Writes Home from Upstate New York, 1856," New York Almanack, December 15, 2021.

"Your School Has a Vision Statement - But Do You?" TES, December 6, 2021. 

"New York, New France: French Ambitions on Oneida Lake in 1634," New York Almanack, November 30, 2021.

"For the sacrifices of others, two minutes of sacred silence," Albany (NY) Times-Union, November 11, 2021.

"New York Could Determine Control of Congress in 2022 as Loyalties Get Tested," Washington Post, November 5, 2021. 

"Teaching the American Revolution in the United Kingdom," Journal of the American Revolution, November 2021.

“Friedensfest: Syracuse's 1871 German-American Peace Festival,” New York Almanack, October 2021.

“Teaching Anti-racism on the New York Frontier,” History of Education Society, October 2021.

“Flying the Confederate Battle Flag in the North is a Special Sort of Disgrace,” History News Network, October 2021.

“Classical Place-Names and the American Frontier,” Antigone, October 2021.

“Making the Move to Middle Leadership – To Be a HoD or a HoY,” Independent Schools Magazine, May 2017.

Seven entries in 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die (London: Cassel Illustrated, 2006).


Book Reviews

A. O'Shaughnessy, The Illimitable Freedom of the Human Mind: Thomas Jefferson's Idea of a University (Charlottesville: U. of Virginia Press, 2021), History of Education, January 2022.

R. Fuller, Emerson’s Ghosts: Literature, Politics, and the Making of Americanists (New York: Oxford U. Press, 2007), Emerson Society Papers 21, no. 1 (2009).

P. Silver, Our Savage Neighbors: How Indian War Transformed Early America (New York and London: W. W. Norton, 2008), Journal of American Studies 43, no. 1 (2009).

L. Gougeon, Emerson & Eros (Albany: State U. of New York Press, 2007), History of European Ideas 34, no. 3 (2008).

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