When Pete was in high school, he loved to tinker with computers and code. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study computer science, but halfway through his first year, he decided History was much more engaging. He went on to double major in History and Political Science, focusing specifically on early America. His thesis on the Federalist Papers received the Mark H. Leff Prize for Outstanding Honors Thesis. After graduating, Pete spent a year working as a data analyst before pursuing his Ph.D. in History at Harvard.
At Harvard, Pete continued his study of early American history, specializing in Atlantic history and the British empire. His dissertation examines the entwined histories of Massachusetts and Jamaica during the American Revolution. Throughout his graduate career, Pete was awarded 9 research grants and fellowships, published two peer reviewed articles, including one on Charles Dickens and the Panic of 1837 which won the Harry E. Pratt Award for Best Article, taught six courses on various periods of American history, and advised three undergraduate senior theses. Pete has a passion for teaching and loves to help students with their research and essay writing. His core strengths are in the humanities, including history, English, government, and political science.
When Pete doesn’t have his nose in a book, he enjoys playing video games, going on walks with his Golden Retriever puppy, Albus, and watching the Chicago Bulls continue to lose.