I am a historian of the United States, focusing specifically on the decades between the Revolution and the Civil War. My work combines the history of the Atlantic World with women’s, economic, political, and legal history to explore the economic and political implications of the connections between the “private,” domestic world of the family and the “public” world of governance at the federal, state, and local levels. My dissertation, “Cultures of Emotion: Families, Friends, and the Making of the United States,” focused on prominent families centered in the South to explore the centrality of families to the new republic’s economy and its governing institutions. I defended my dissertation in history at Duke University in September 2018. I hold an M.A. (2012) and a B.A. (2011) in history from Mississippi State University.