Ph.D. Candidate (ABD)
Fields: The Civil War & Reconstruction, The Early Republic, Modern China
Faculty: Jennifer Fronc, Barbara Krauthamer, Christian Appy, Michael Hannahan (Political Science)
Education: B.A., Utica College (2006), M.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2008).
My dissertation research focuses on the political history of the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Gilded Age, and the Progressive Era. To this end, I examine how the traditional periodization of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries has skewed our understanding of the development and evolution of the Third American Party System. By employing a generational framework, I trace how the nation's transition from an agricultural to an industrial political economy promoted a reconstruction of the political philosophies underlying the Republican and Democratic Parties from 1865 to 1912.
Interests: The political history of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; labor history of Reconstruction, the Gilded Age, and the Progressive Era; late nineteenth and early twentieth century third party movements