French Colonization and Empire, Atlantic & Indian Oceans, Early America, Early Modern World, Comparative History, Legal History, Networks of Knowledge and Power, Spatial History, Business History, Gender & Families, Slavery & Abolition

Research Interests (1)Book Projects

Archipelago of Justice: Law in France’s Early Modern Empire
Risks & Realities: Death and Credit in the French Tropics


Recovering the Debris of Fortunes between France and Its Colonies in the 18th Century. Journal of Social History 51, no. 4 (Summer 2018). doi:10.1093/jsh/shw135.

Across Oceans and Revolutions: Law and Slavery in French Saint-Domingue and Beyond.” Law & Social Inquiry 39, no. 3 (September 1, 2014): 758–82.

Review of Glynis Ridley, The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Story of Science, the High Seas, and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe (2010), Not Even Past,, 18 July 2012.

Book Chapter

“The Martinican Model: Colonial Magistrates and the Seventeenth-Century Origins of a Global Judicial Elite,” forthcoming with University of South Carolina Press for The Torrid Zone: Colonization and Cultural Interaction in the Seventeenth-Century Caribbean, ed. Louis H. Roper.


The Geographer, Johannes Vermeer, 1669