The central remit of my postdoctoral research is to recover Indigenous peoples’ presence in early America, via close analysis, georeferencing, and data collection from a series of maps from the British Library. As part of the major AHRC-funded project ‘Brightening the Covenant Chain’, I look for evidence of Indigenous placenames and Indigenous cartographic knowledge in colonial maps of the American Northeast. Working in collaboration with research software engineers at King’s Digital Lab, I record map information as computationally tractable data, which forms the basis of an interactive digital output for educators and the public.
I am also a historian of early modern mental worlds, with interests in understanding senses of time and place, and the repercussions of trauma and disruption. My doctoral research at the University of Cambridge examined the execution of King Charles I as a moment of ideational change and adaptation. Taking a diachronic approach to periodicals like almanacs and newsbooks, I traced how ideas of time and the future evolved in response to unexpected political change.