M.A., University of Missouri - Columbia, 2017
B.A., University of Missouri - Columbia, 2013
My research focuses on the political economy of food and hunger in North Atlantic slave societies during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I explore how these topics were central to the articulation, and contestation, of racial, imperial, and capitalist ideologies in the Caribbean and the American South. In particular, I focus on how food was at the heart of the “benevolent,” “civilizing” rhetoric of empire and slavery. I also examine how food production was central to discussions of “proper” political economy as well as the economic viability of slavery in the modern world. Finally, my work traces the transnational linkages among pro-slavery advocates regarding food’s place in their rhetorical and practical responses to nineteenth century Atlantic abolitionism.