I study newspapers, politics, and marginality (in its sundry forms), with an emphasis on nineteenth century United States history.
I'm interested in ways that print news and politics operate in tandem to enact social change. This includes studying the deployment of print to exacerbate or counter prejudice. My narrative style often follows a micro-historical tack.
My research examines the publishing networks of George Bourne, a fiery pamphleteer remembered both as America’s first immediatist abolitionist and as an author of controversial anti-Catholic exposes.
Bourne’s political activism represented an early kinship of interests which eventually cohere with the Know-Nothing political party in the mid-nineteenth century.