J.M. Opal took his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his Masters’ and Ph.D. from Brandeis University. He taught at Colby College in Maine before moving to McGill in 2009. He works in the field of the early United States but is broadly interested in slavery, capitalism, and empire around the early modern Atlantic and in the Age of Revolution. He has written Beyond the Farm: National Ambitions in Rural New England (2008), Avenging the People: Andrew Jackson, the Rule of Law, and the American Nation and recent essays in Time, The New York Daily News, and Jacobin. His new projects include a global history of Barbados and a book, co-written with his father, about epidemic diseases and the American people.