I study the history of the United States and specialize in the American West. My dissertation, Conquest on Paper: Archives and the American West, will explore how documentation shaped Western life and framed the construction of Western history. The project follows the North American West’s paper trail, from the documentary regimes of Europe’s invading empires to the administrative plunder and legal battles of Anglo-American conquest. It investigates two connected processes: how certain kinds of documents structured property and state power in the region, and how Anglo-American historians culled the pilfered record to theorize the American frontier experience. Ultimately, the dissertation hopes to investigate what was––and what could not be––captured by the rulers of colonial space and the chroniclers of regional history.
I passed my general exams with distinction in three fields: U.S. History, 1787-1920 (Wilentz and Isenberg), The American West (Sandweiss), and Global Race, Indigeneity, and Colonialism (Lozano).
I graduated with Honors from the University of California, Davis, where I completed one research project on the annexation of Texas and another on nativism and ethnic violence in 1850s California. While at UC Davis, I received the Lang Prize for Undergraduate Information Research and the History Department Walter Woodfill Prize for Best Undergraduate Research Paper.