I am a Ph.D. student in history at Princeton University, concentrating on the environmental history of the Soviet Union and Turkey.
Raised in Las Vegas, I graduated with BAs in history and political science from Whitworth University. After working as a writer and photographer for a student travel organization, I joined the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies. As a Gordon C. Culp fellow, I studied Soviet-Turkish relations in the interwar period, when both states redefined their imperial rivalry and formed an unprecedented partnership. Following graduation, I interned at the US Embassy to Uzbekistan and taught university courses in Turkey via a Fulbright English Teaching grant.
At Princeton, I am pursuing questions of transborder pollution, natural disasters, and humanitarianism. My recent projects have included an exploration of seismology and empire in Russian-ruled Turkestan, a study of the 1988 Spitak earthquake as a rupture in Cold War geopolitics, and a comparison of Russian and Ottoman coal production along the Black Sea littoral.
Prospective students should feel free to email me.