I study modern German history from a global perspective, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th centuries. My work thus far has investigated the effects of economic globalization on Germany’s imperial policies before World War One. I am particularly interested in private individuals and firms as elements of imperial expansion and the ways in which private expansion can run parallel to, askew from, and perpendicularly against imperial policies.
I graduated with University Honors from Wesleyan University in 2018, with a B.A. in history, German Studies, and Wesleyan’s interdisciplinary humanities program, the College of Letters. I have also studied at the Universität Hamburg. My undergraduate thesis, “Gateway to the World”: Hamburg and the Global German Empire, 1881-1914, argued that Hamburg’s overseas merchant houses and shipping firms played a key role in Germany’s colonial acquisition, naval armament, Weltpolitik, and foreign policy before 1914.
At present, I work on Hanseatic commerce, especially in Latin America; on the development of transatlantic relations between German businessmen and German diasporic elements in New York and London; and on the history of the Hamburg-America Line, the largest shipping firm in the world at the turn of the twentieth century.