I am a Ph.D. candidate at Brown University interested in the history of extraterritoriality and its relationship to diasporas, empires, states, colonialism, and decolonization. My work historicizes the creation of the modern nation-state as a process shaped as much by “external” as by “internal” agents and institutions. Methodologically, I blend theorists of European state-building with Atlantic histories of slavery and abolition and U.S. approaches to “new” diplomatic history.
My article "'With what right are they sending a Consul': Unauthorized Consulship, U.S. Expansion, and the Transformation of the Spanish American Empire," Journal of the Early Republic 40: 1 (Spring 2020), argues that consuls in the Spanish American Empire and the U.S. South played a crucial role in defining the rights of immigrants, the contours of citizenship and the meaning of sovereignty in the modern Atlantic world. In my book chapter "The consular Caribbean: consuls as agents of colonialism and decolonisation in the revolutionary Caribbean (1795–1848)," Memory, Migration and (De)Colonisation in the Caribbean and Beyond, eds. Jack Webb, Roderick Westmaas, Maria del Pilar Kaladeen and William Tantam (London: University of London Press, 2020), I explore the history of Caribbean consulship through a spectrum of social interactions involving imperial secretaries, colonial officials, slaves, women, and free people of color to suggest the “disavowed” possibilities that revolutionary consulship opened in the Age of Revolution.
My forthcoming article "'Insurgentes, self-styled Patriots': Consuls, Privateers, Slavers, and Mariners in the Making of the Privateering Archipelago," Journal of Global Slavery 5:3 (Fall 2020), interrogates the links between consulship, slaving, and insurgent privateering from Boston to Buenos Aires to provide an integrated account of the entangled history of slave trade abolition and state-building in the Age of Revolution.
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