I am a PhD candidate who specializes in the history of Colonial and Revolutionary America with a secondary specialty in the history of early modern Europe. My dissertation analyzes the transformation of English culture in colonial America through the lens of the higher education institutions which the colonists established prior to 1776. A native of Western Michigan, I taught history for four years before beginning doctoral studies. I have given several conference presentations and published entries in James E. Seelye et. al. (eds), Shaping North America: From Exploration to the American Revolution.