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·        Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.


Professional Experience:

·        Member, Board of Directors, Old Colony Historical Society, Taunton, Massachusetts.

·        Assistant Director, Center for the Study of New England History, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, 1994-1999.

·        Referee, William & Mary Quarterly, Journal of the Early Republic.

·        Historical Consultant, television production of Laura Thatcher Ulrich, A Midwife's Tale, 1994‑1996.

·        Historical Consultant, A&E Network series on history of American Holidays, 1996.

·        Director of Colonial Interpretation, Plimoth Plantation, 1982‑1987.



·        Ph.D. Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, 1992. American and New England Studies.

·        B.A. Magna cum laude. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 1980. 



·        Celebrating the Fourth: Independence Day and the Rites of Nationalism in the Early Republic.  Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1997.



·        Inhabitants and Estates of the Town of Boston, 1630-1800 [published version of project I directed at the Massachusetts Historical Society]. Co-publication of the New England Historical and Genealogical Society and the Massachusetts Historical Society, 2001.


Published Articles:

·        “The Paradox of ‘Nationalist’ Festivals: The Case of Palmetto Day in Antebellum Charleston.” In William Pencak, et al, eds., Riot and Revelry in Early America. University Park, PA: Penn State Press, 2002.


·        “The Thwing Index: Inhabitants and Estates of the Town of Boston, 1630-1800.” New England Ancestors (Fall 2001).


·         “Annie Haven Thwing and the Crooked and Narrow Streets of Boston.” Massachusetts Historical Review 1 (1999).


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·        “‘In the Greatest Solemn Dignity:’ The Capitol Cornerstone and Ceremony in the Early Republic.”  In Ronald Hoffman and Peter J. Albert.  A Republic for the Ages.  Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 1999.


·        “The Missionary Journal of John Cotton, Jr., 1666-1678.”  Massachusetts Historical Society Proceedings (1999)


·        Science, Medicine, & Technology chapter for American Eras: Revolutionary America, 1754-1783. Columbia, South Carolina: Manly, Inc., 1998.


·        “Hurrah for the Fourth: Patriotism, Politics, and Independence Day in Federalist Boston, 1777‑1818.”  Essex Institute Historical Collections vol. 125 no. 2 (1989): 129‑161.


·        “Sinews of Trade, Sinews of War: The Paper Money of Massachusetts.”  Massachusetts Paper Money 1690‑1780: The Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society.  Portland, Maine: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1988.


·        “‘Our Fathers were Englishmen:’ Reconstructing an Early Seventeenth‑Century ‘American’ Dialect.” American Speech: 1600 to the Present; Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife Annual Proceedings 1983. Boston University, 1985.


Works in Progress:

·        New Dictionary of National Biography: entries for Myles Standish, John Underhill, and Edward Winslow.


·        Co-editor, The Correspondence of Rev. John Cotton, Jr. (1640-1699).  A volume in the Colonial Society of Massachusetts Publications series.



·        David Waldstreicher, In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes: (Chapel Hill, 1997), for The American Historical Review.


·        John Seelye, Memory’s Nation: The Place of Plymouth Rock, (Chapel Hill, 1999), for The Public Historian.


·        Elizabeth C. O’Leary, To Die For: The Paradox of American Patriotism (Princeton, 1999),for The American Historical Review.


·        Richard W. Cogley, John Eliot’s Mission to the Indians before King Philip’s War (Cambridge, Mass., 1999), for The William and Mary Quarterly.