I am a historian of economic life in the United States across the twentieth century, with interests in the history of the state(s), law, and environmental history. My research focuses on rural spaces, and my dissertation, “Landscapes of Precarity: Capital, Poverty, and the State in the Modern American Hinterland,” is an inquiry into the entangled histories of rural economic planning, investment, and fracture from World War II onward. I am generally preoccupied with environmental questions and the insights they bring to the study of political economy.
In the spring of 2017, I completed general examination fields in US History 1860-Present (Kevin Kruse and Rebecca Rix), Environmental and Western US history (Marni Sandweiss), and the History of Capitalism (Jonathan Levy). Currently, I co-organize the history department’s Modern America Workshop, write for the Princeton & Slavery Project, and co-develop and teach a MOOC on the global history of capitalism. I also TA for History 383: The United States, 1920-1974 (Kevin Kruse).
Previously, I received an AB summa cum laude in history from Cornell, where I wrote an honors thesis on the Erie Canal’s dual role as a catalyst of economic development and prompt for dissenting transcendentalist commentary (supervised by Edward Baptist and Sara Pritchard). Before coming to the Princeton history department in 2015, I worked as a researcher at Public Agenda, a civic engagement think tank in Manhattan.