I am an assistant professor of history at Howard University, where I began teaching after completing a Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University in April 2013. My work centers on eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Europe, especially France, and European connections with other parts of the world. My first book, Nationalizing France's Army: Foreign, Black, and Jewish Troops in the French Military, 1715-1831, was published by the University of Virginia Press in April 2016.
I am currently at work on two book projects. The first, which is supported by a Faculty Awards Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, examines the intersection between identity and collateral punishment in modern Europe. The second is a study of the impact of war on political, social and cultural change in France between the late Old Regime and the beginning of the First Empire.
I also have interests in the history of free and open source software. My book on this topic, For Fun and Profit: A History of the Free and Open Source Software Revolution, is complete and under contract with MIT Press for its series "History of Computing."
Further information on my academic work is available from my CV.