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 â€śbenevolent,â€ť â€ścivilizingâ€ť rhetoric of empire and slavery. I also examine how food production was central to discussions of â€śproperâ€ť 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 foodâ€™s place in their rhetorical and practical responses to nineteenth century Atlantic abolitionism.