I study labor history, urban history, and the history of the news media in the 20th-century United States. I'm interested in the way that culture shapes class formation and the politics of the workplace, and the way that workplace politics shape the production of culture and knowledge.
My dissertation, prospectively titled, "Metro: Labor, Politics, and Local Media, 1964-1995," examines the consolidation of the metropolitan news media in the postwar era. Beginning in the 1960s, corporate deregulation, relaxed antitrust enforcement, and the automation of printing processes enabled media companies to expand their operations across geographic locales and technological formats. Newspaper chains, often family-run and regionally based, gave way to global multimedia conglomerates, with profound implications for both their workforces and the communities they served.
Previously, I received an M.Phil in British and European History from the University of Oxford, where I was a Rhodes Scholar. My essay based on my master's research, "The Servant Problem and the Colour Line: Class, Whiteness, and Domestic Labour in the Transvaal Colony, 1902-1914," is forthcoming in History Workshop Journal. Before that, I received a B.A. from Harvard College in History and Literature. My writing has appeared recently in Public Books and Harvard Review.