I am a historian of social and economic life in the United States across the twentieth century. I am particularly interested in rural spaces, and my dissertation prospectus, “Landscapes of Precarity: Capital and Poverty in the American Hinterland,” is an inquiry into the entangled histories of rural capital investment and poverty from the Great Depression onward. I explore hinterland industrialization spurred by the New Deal (at a time when many urban areas were deindustrializing), and examine how rural people and other commentators confronted and understood poverty alongside that transformation. I am also generally preoccupied with environmental history and the insights it brings to the study of economic, social, and political history.
In the spring of 2017, I completed general examination fields in US History 1860-Present (Rebecca Rix and Kevin Kruse), Environmental and Western US history (Marni Sandweiss), and the History of Capitalism (Jonathan Levy, University of Chicago). I also co-organize the history department’s Modern America Workshop, write for the Princeton and Slavery Project, and co-develop and teach a MOOC on the global history of capitalism.
Previously, I received an AB summa cum laude in history from Cornell, where I wrote an honors thesis on the Erie Canal’s dual role as a catalyst of economic development and prompt for dissenting transcendentalist commentary (supervised by Edward Baptist and Sara Pritchard). Before coming to the Princeton history department in 2015, I worked as a researcher at Public Agenda, a civic engagement think tank in Manhattan.