My research focuses on Elizabethan and early Stuart politics, sociability, and empire. My first book, 'The Making of an Imperial Polity: Civility and America in the Jacobean Metropolis' (Cambridge University Press, 2020), uses political discourse, literature, and objects to explore how colonial interests infused political culture and transformed ideas of civil refinement in early seventeenth-century London. My articles on topics including cannibalism, intoxicants, wit poetry, and Jamestown archaeology appear in The Historical Journal, Anthropology Today, and the 'Virginia 1619: Slavery and Freedom in the Making of English America' edited volume.
As a postdoc on the ERC-funded TIDE project (Travel, Transculturality, and Identity in England, 1550 – 1700), I am currently co-authoring a volume on early modern keywords about migration, race, and identity (you can access an early version at: http://www.tideproject.uk/keywords-home/). I am interested in English political culture in its broadest sense, from the development of ideas about colonization and empire in legal and political discourse to how politics operated in practice, through social relations, performance, and visual and material culture.
At the heart of my research is a larger commitment to exploring what 'decolonizing' means for heritage sites and education today. I have worked with various museum collections and archaeological sites to develop ways of using artefacts, oral histories, and historical anthropology to re-interpret Anglo-Native American relations and empire in the seventeenth century. In July 2019, the TIDE project launched its 'Teaching Migration, Belonging, and Empire in Secondary Schools' report in Parliament (co-authored with The Runnymede Trust), which makes a case for how migration and empire might be better integrated in the National Curriculum. I am developing my next book-length project on early Stuart women and empire, and an article on the relationship between English plantations and domestic estates, approaching transatlantic landscapes through poetics, archaeology, and the assemblages of goods in country houses.