I'm a historian of early America - the part when it was still a British colony and revolting in order to leave. I specialize in social and economic history. I'm the author of almost twenty articles and two books - one on early American cities and a second on the colonial market economy and its foundational role in forging American capitalism.
Born in Edinburgh, I have lived and studied in England, Sweden, and the USA. I came to St Andrews in 2001 after finishing my PhD in Baltimore, USA. I am currently the President of the European Early American Studies Association, and have recently joined the editorial team of the University of Chicago Press's series, American Beginnings, 1500-1900.