Professional and Biographical Information


BA (1972) Williams College
MA (1973), MPhil (1975), PhD (1986) Yale University
AM (Hon. 2000)

Academic and Research Interests

I came to Amherst College in 1989 after working for almost a decade in history museums. Trained as a colonial historian at Yale (Ph.D. in 1986), I teach courses on colonial North American history, the era of the American Revolution, early American material culture and architecture, and Native American histories as well as American Studies departmental courses. I have written numerous articles on the architecture and material culture of colonial New England and with Evan Haefeli wrote Captors and Captives: The 1704 French and Indian Raid on Deerfield (2003). Currently, I am researching the possession and use of firearms in early America.