I came to Warren Wilson College in 1996 after an almost decade-long career working for the International Trade Administration. My job working for the government allowed me to represent the United States and take part in trade negotiations around the world. But over time I came to realize that I enjoyed teaching more than negotiating and a settled life more than constant travel. So I returned to graduate school and pursued my love of history. My focus has been on issues of identity and cultural contact in the eighteenth-century Atlantic World. In particular, I have written about German-speaking migrants to North America, especially to New York and to North Carolina, and have explored in depth the relations between these migrants and Native Americans during the colonial period.