Although I’m a medievalist by training and have mostly published on medieval English topics, my current research focuses on African Americans in western Maryland in the era of slavery. This is local history for me; I’ve been working on it since about 2010 and am now publishing on it, as well as speaking frequently on it at local venues and working with local historical, church, and community groups on related public history projects. My current book project is a history of slavery in Washington County, Maryland; some readers will know it as the location from which John Brown launched his raid and where the Battle of Antietam was fought.
Below are links to some of my writing on black history. Check out my Teaching page for relevant course syllabi, too.