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I acquire books in history and the social sciences, with a special focus on American history and politics across five centuries. I also oversee series on Early Modern German and on Southern African history and my portfolio includes academic and trade books on the history and culture of Virginia. As a transnational historian by training, I am excited about manuscripts that put historical developments in broad temporal and geographic contexts and particularly welcome examinations of Americans’ experiences and legacies abroad.

I earned my B.A. in history from Shepherd University in West Virginia and then an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before joining UVA Press in 2019, I worked at the University of Wisconsin Press and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.

ANNOUNCING “The Revolutionary Age,” a new series designed to bring a fresh and international perspective to the study of the American Revolution within the broader context of the Age of Revolution.


Christopher R. Pearl, author of Conceived in Crisis, finds echoes of the past in our current moment. 

I, like many of you, planned to be at SHEAR this year, listening to new ideas shared by colleagues in panels and over a cold pint, but, sadly, we can’t do that. Instead we are home, navigating ways to keep ourselves and our families safe and happy during a global pandemic.

These disruptions to normal life have provided time for reflection. For historians, that reflection has resulted in a consistent effort to identify echoes of the past in our own times. Unfortunately, we have a lot to work with.

For me, the struggle to finish... More

In the middle of July, 1776, the garrison at Fort Ticonderoga gathered together to listen as the post commander read the text of the Declaration of Independence aloud. According to one observer, the troops rejoiced, saying “Now we are a people!” But what did that mean? Who were “the American people” and what were they supposed to do next?

To commemorate the anniversary of American independence, the series editors of Jeffersonian AmericaCharlene Boyer Lewis, Annette Gordon-Reed, Peter Onuf, Andrew O’Shaughnessy, and Robert Parkinson—have selected five outstanding books on the American Revolution that explore different facets of the problems American independence created.... More