• Ph.D., M.A. Princeton University
  • B.A. Oberlin College


I greatly enjoy encouraging my students to discover history, and teaching them how to understand and communicate their discoveries. My teaching specialties include modern U.S. history and legal history and my research interests focus on legal history in the United States and Latin America. 

I've published extensively with my students' collaboration, contributions, and even co-authorship. Undergraduate research and publication are something of a mantra here at Davidson, and I'm a great believer in it. My most recent book, Law and Society in the South: A History of North Carolina Court Cases (University Press of Kentucky) lists 72 Davidson student contributors.

Davidson News

Students Gabe Jones ’24 and Charlotte Jenkins ’22 seated at campus WWII memorial

Davidson College students embraced an opportunity to dig into new and neglected corners of the historical record. Their contributions will be part of a forthcoming documentary film on the infamous WWII Battle of Iwo Jima.

Photo from of Battle of Iwo Jima

Davidson College students dig into historical research for acclaimed documentary filmmaker’s project on famous WWII battle.

Thomas Espenschied Digital Media Specialist and  John Wertheimer William R. Kenan Professor of History

Davidson College students join local filmmakers to document the 1947 lynching of a Black man in Greenville, South Carolina.