Senior History Thesis

Sorry literature, but history was my first love.

From my earliest days in school (when I insisted to my Kindergarten teacher that Machu Picchu was, in fact, my preferred destination over Disneyland), I’ve been fascinated by the idea that stuff came before us; that people, places, things and ideas are in a state of continual evolution.

This curiosity led me to study history in college. For my Senior Thesis, I wrote about the development of an English antislavery identity. Click here to thumb through my 61-page college capstone, or simply read the abstract below to get a feel for my historical interpretation of the world.

Abstract: This thesis explores the growth of antislavery sentiment in the English-speaking world during the eighteenth century. I examine the institutional processes, transatlantic discourses, and ideological schema with which individuals and groups reformulated their identities as a means of extricating themselves from slavery’s various social, economic, and religious implications. I argue that abolitionism in England is best understood as the cumulative outcome to a series of identity reconstructions, and that a Histoire des Mentalités, as drawn from the Annales School, is an apt methodology for unmasking the structural underpinnings of an English antislavery identity.