I study the histories of computing and biomedicine, along with the human sciences that have emerged to reconcile the two (e.g. human genetics, contemporary demography, cybernetics). I am broadly interested in the interwoven epistemic, political, and technological aspects of large, ‘data-driven’ scientific projects.
My undergraduate work at UChicago led me to a thesis in which I sought to unravel how human genes became ‘genetic information’—rendered, processed, and exchanged as strings of computer text—by tracing the history of an early genetics software company. As an MPhil student in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge, my work culminated in a project on a transnational attempt to construct a statistical map of the human genome in the 1960s using human pedigrees of rare diseases and mainframe computers. At Princeton, I am interested in branching out to 20th century cultural and labor history, colonialism and post-colonialism, and global history.
Before coming to Princeton, I spent two years working as a software developer for a large Midwest industrial supplier, and began hosting podcasts on Medicine and Science, Technology, and Society for the New Books Network.
Prospective applicants, feel free to reach out to me with any questions about studying History of Science at Princeton or in general.