Personal Statement:

I received my Ph.D. in June 2016.  My research explores how America’s conflicts with the Barbary States (Algiers, Morocco, Tripoli, and Tunis) from 1784-1815 shaped the development of the political party system, ideas about gender and race, and nationalism.  My main field of study is the early U.S. republic, but I also specialize in gender & women’s history and U.S. foreign relations.

Diplomatic History, the flagship academic journal of American foreign relations, has published my article about the 1805-1806 visit of a Tunisian diplomat to the United States:  “‘As Proud as Lucifer’:  A Tunisian Diplomat in Thomas Jefferson’s America,” Diplomatic History 41, no. 1 (January 2017), 155-182.

I have also presented my research at the annual conferences of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) and the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR).

I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for the Barbary conflicts with the public.  Check out my lecture on YouTube (


Dissertation Title:

"The United States and the Barbary Pirates: Adventures in Sexuality, State-Building, and Nationalism, 1784-1815"

Faculty Advisor(s):

Patricia Cohen and John Majewski