Benjamin Reilly received his B.A. at New College of the University of South Florida before venturing north to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. in European history at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Reilly’s writing has appeared in several scholarly publications, including the Social Science History Journal and French History. He currently lives with his wife and son on the Persian Gulf, where he teaches history at Carnegie Mellon University’s overseas branch campus in Qatar. Despite the change of scenery, he retains a keen interest in Florida history.