I study the 19th century American West with particular interests in politics, political economy, environmental change, and racialized conflict.
I graduated with Honors from the University of California, Davis with a B.A. in History and English. I completed two research projects examining personal and political approaches to territorial management, economic development, and cultural difference. The first, entitled “Southern Whigs, a British Conspiracy, and the Annexation of Texas,” argued for the primacy of the annexation of Texas in the political and ideological dissolution of the Whig Party. The second, entitled “Los Ignorantes: Western Nativism, Political Latinophobia, and the California Know Nothings,” explored how the Know Nothing Party’s religious nationalism produced new imperialistic vocabularies and fueled 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.
I am further interested in global and transnational histories—especially U.S.-Mexican relations in the 19th century—and in the development of capitalism and industrial economies at the fin de siècle.