News and Updates

  • I will be presenting at the 18th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities at Johns Hopkins University (May 28-31, 2020). 

  • My essay "Mary Kittamaquund Brent, 'The Pocahontas of Maryland:' Sex, Marriage, and Diplomacy in the 17th century Chesapeake" will be published in Early American Studies

  • Order your copy of To Feast on Us as Their Prey: Cannibalism and the Early Modern Atlantic from the University of Arkansas Press (edited by Rachel Herrmann) and check out my chapter, "Sex and Cannibalism: The Politics of Carnal Relations between Europeans and American 'Anthropophagites' in the Caribbean and Mexico"

  • Check out my annotated bibliography on Cannibalism in the Oxford Bibliographies in Atlantic History series.  http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199730414/obo-9780199730414-0307.xml ​​

As a child in a very small town in Appalachian Maryland, I never would have expected to end up in Kansas City, but I couldn't be happier about it. Living in Kansas City (on the Kansas side I should point out, as that sort of thing matters a lot around here), is the end result of a steady movement westward. First from Middletown, MD to Baltimore for undergrad and then to Bowling Green, OH for graduate school. Next I moved to South Bend, IN for a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Gender & Women's Studies at Saint Mary's College. And finally to the Kansas-Missouri border, where I dote on my dog (Balrog Raspberry) and cat (Dax Kim-Gordon). 

My first book, Insatiable Appetites: Imperial Encounters with Cannibals in the North Atlantic World, published by NYU Press as part of the Early American Places Series, was released in April of 2015 and came out in paperback in 2017. More recently I wrote a chapter for To Feast on Us As Their Prey: Cannibalism and the Early Modern Atlantic, edited by Rachel Herrmann, for the University of Arkansas Press. I have a number of research projects in the works, so please visit my "Research" page for more information.


I joined the faculty of Avila University as an Assistant Professor in 2012 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2018. I took over the role of Director of Study Abroad in 2019 as well as the Interim co-Director of our first ever Honors Program. At Avila, I have taught a wide range of courses including: American Experience I, American Women, Sex and Sexuality in America, American Slavery and the Slave Trade, American Empires, and Images and Realities of Gender. 


For more information, please download my CV.