Personal Statement:

My research project examined 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.

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

I have 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) and have been interviewed by the French edition of Slate magazine:  http://www.slate.fr/story/163187/trump-jefferson-histoire-premier-ramadan-etats-unis.

Dissertation Title:

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

Faculty Advisor(s):

Patricia Cohen, John Majewski, Salim Yaqub, Mhoze Chikowero