“Gender, Family, and Freedom in Post-Revolutionary New England.” To be delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, Raleigh, North Carolina, July 18, 2015.

The Selling of Joseph: Slavery, Freedom, and Black Family Life in Samuel Sewall’s Neighborhood at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century.” To be delivered at the Joint Conference of the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture and the Society of Early Americanists, Chicago, Illinois, June 19, 2015.

“‘the Negroes have left’: African Americans and the Politics of Emancipation in Revolutionary Massachusetts.” To be delivered at the Massachusetts Historical Society Conference on the American Revolution, Boston, Massachusetts, April 9, 2015.

“The Body of Liberties and Bodies in Bondage: Dorcas the Blackmore, Dorchester’s First Church, and the Legalization of Slavery in the Anglo-Atlantic World.” To be delivered at the Boston Area Early American History Seminar at the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, February 3, 2015.

“Power, Patriarchy, and Provision: African Men and Women Build Families in Early New England.” Delivered at the American Studies Summer Institute of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, July 10, 2014.

 “‘Claiming the Right of Being Born Free, Equal, and Independent’: New England Slaves and the Work of Freedom in the Revolutionary Era.” Delivered at the University of Michigan Graduate Student Conference, Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 10, 2014.

“‘How can the wife submit’? African Families Negotiate Gender and Slavery in New England.” Delivered at the Boston Seminar on the History of Women and Gender at the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library, Cambridge, Massachusetts, April 15, 2014.

“‘She lives with her Husband somewhere in Town’: Slavery, Freedom, and Family in Eighteenth-Century New England.” Delivered at the Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, Rhode Island, March 27, 2013.

“‘That You May Become Good Christians’: Religion and Slave Family Life in Early Massachusetts.” Delivered at the Boston College Biennial Conference on the History of Religion, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, March 30, 2012.

“Challenges in Studying Early Black Family Life.” Delivered at the Graduate Student Forum in Early American History at the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts, June 17, 2011.

“Slavery, Craft, and Identity in Eighteenth-Century Boston.” Delivered at the annual symposium of the Material Culture Institute at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, May 21, 2011.

“Agents of the State: Black Women and Interracial Welfare Work in the District of Columbia, 1863-1915.” Delivered at the triennial conference of the Southern Association for Women Historians, Columbia, South Carolina, June 6, 2009.


Review of Katherine Howlett Hayes, Slavery Before Race: Europeans, Africans, and Indians at Long Island’s Sylvester Manor Plantation, 1651–1884 (New York: New York University Press, 2013) in the Journal of the Early Republic, Summer 2014: 285-287.

“Sojourners and Strangers in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic.” Review of Cornelia H. Dayton and Sharon V. Salinger, Robert Love’s Warnings: Searching for Strangers in Colonial Boston (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014) in Common-place, Winter 2015.