I am Associate Professor of History at the College of Wooster. I teach courses on Latin American history, trans-Atlantic slavery, U.S./Latin American relations, and quantitative methods. I also am Chair of our Latin American Studies minor. My research explores the history of gender and slavery in nineteenth-century Brazil. I am currently working on two main projects: a study of enslaved family formation in Santiago do Iguape, Bahia, and a comparative study of nineteenth-century domestic medical guides’ consideration of race and gender in Brazil and the southern United States.
My other interest is in digital history. I have a website where I share my research on the social history of nineteenth-century Santiago do Iguape, Bahia, Brazil. Santiago do Iguape was a center of Brazilian sugar production, and one of the centers of sugar plantation life in Brazil. The site includes a serachable database for the 1835 manuscript census, my research into the demographic and economic history of the region, and additional annotated primary source materials.