My primary project explores the emergence of historically venerative constitutional culture in the United States. I am writing a dissertion, titled "Slavery and the Constitutional Sublime: Claiming the Founding in Antebellum America," that narrates the production and mobilization of this public constitutionalism between 1815 and 1861 around conflicts over slavery under law.
I also study questions of governance in the nineteenth-century United States. In particular, I am researching practices of governmental recruitment of enslaved people's labor for purposes of state-building and economic development.
Publications & Presentations
"Class Jurisprudes: Free Labor Ideology and For Profit Labor in Gilded Age Courts," Law & Social Inquiry, 42:x
"Reframing the Fathers' Constitution: ... Confederate Constitutional Order," Journal of Southern History, 83:2 (May 2017)