Spring 2018

Tomorrow begins a new semester at Southern Methodists University and I’m so excited to be teaching “The President in the Early Republic.” The course will examine the development of the executive branch under the first three presidents, as well as the relationship between the president and Congress, the Supreme Court, and the public. I am … More Spring 2018

On This Day in Cabinet History – December 31, 1793

On this day in cabinet history, December 31, 1793, Thomas Jefferson resigned as the first Secretary of State. Many people are familiar with Jefferson’s resignation because of the political ramifications of his decision. Jefferson’s “retirement” coincided with his increased efforts to organize the nascent Democratic-Republican Party and fight the Federalist agenda. But Jefferson’s departure from … More On This Day in Cabinet History – December 31, 1793

Adams House Visit

I traveled to Boston last week for family events and carved out some time to do a little historical sightseeing. Usually we visit for Thanksgiving when all the sites are closed for winter, so I was beyond giddy to finally check these activities off my bucket list. Seriously, I was like a kid on Christmas … More Adams House Visit

Building a Web Voice

Today I had the pleasure of speaking with graduate students in the history department at Southern Methodist University. The department is putting together a blog to develop a community voice (which is amazing) and they asked me to come speak about how to build a web voice as a graduate student. Earlier this week, I … More Building a Web Voice