Current Position: Assistant Editor at The Adams Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society
Mobilization and Voluntarism: The Political Origins of Loyalism in New York, c. 1768–1778.
Originally from Edinburgh, I completed my undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Stirling (2006–2014). I submitted my dissertation in August 2014. It examined the political origins of Loyalism in New York. I argued that future Loyalists’ partisanship played a large role in determining their allegiance during the American Revolution.
My work was generously supported by the British Library, the David Library of the American Revolution, the Foundation for Canadian Studies, Harvard University, the Huntington Library, the New York State Archives, the New York State Library, the Royal Historical Society, the United Empire Loyalists’ Association, the University of Michigan and the University of Stirling.
I am a historian of early America. I specialise in the cultural and political history of New York City during the American Revolutionary era, c. 1763–1787. I am in the process of expanding and developing the findings of my dissertation for publication. This book-length project is tentatively titled “United by Association”: Partisanship and the Origins of the American Revolution. Given that my dissertation examined the origins of Loyalism, I am broadening the project’s focus to look at the origins of the American Revolution in New York City, more generally. I am researching and writing new chapters at the New-York Historical Society, while revising chapters from my dissertation.
I am an Assistant Editor at The Adams Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Between 2014 and 2015 I was a Bernard and Irene Schwartz Fellow at the New-York Historical Society and The New School. For those wishing to get in touch, my details are: