I am a historian of economic life in the United States across the twentieth century, with interests in the history of the state(s), legal history, and environmental history. My spatial focus tends to land on hinterland geographies, and my dissertation, “Remapping America: Power, Poverty, and the Interstate Highway System in the Postwar United States,” examines the social arrangements wrought by the Interstates. After World War II, the new highways offered central officials a means of both planning and controlling the national economy, and with it, the people and places scattered across the national landscape.
I received my M.A. in History from Princeton in 2017, and in the spring of that year completed general examination fields in US History 1860-Present (major), Environmental and Western US History (minor), and the History of Capitalism (minor). I served for two years as co-organizer of the history department’s Modern America Workshop, and I’ve worked in various capacities for the Princeton & Slavery Project. I co-teach a MOOC on the global history of capitalism, and have precepted for History 383: The United States, 1920-1974 (Kevin Kruse).
Previously I received an A.B. summa cum laude in history from Cornell, and before coming to the Princeton history department in 2015, I worked as a researcher at Public Agenda, a civic engagement think tank based in New York City.