My Barbary Wars Lecture from History 17A is Now on YouTube!
Check out my website about America's conflicts with the Barbary pirates!
Early U.S. Republic, Gender, U.S. Foreign Relations
M.A. American University (History); B.A. University of California, Berkeley (History and English)
Office: HSSB 3212
Fall 2013 Hours: W 4-5 p.m. & F 3-4 p.m.
Advisor: Patricia Cohen
My passion is the early U.S. republic, although I enjoy learning about all eras of American history. Patricia Cohen and John Majewski are the co-chairs of my dissertation, which explores the cultural and political significance of America’s conflicts with the Barbary States (Algiers, Morocco, Tripoli, and Tunis) from 1784-1815. In particular, I demonstrate how U.S. gendered perceptions of the (non-white) Barbary "pirates" as effeminate, indolent, lazy, and militarily inept reinforced desires to resist them militarily and helped create an early (and enduring) form of American exceptionalism.