I am a historian of twentieth-century America, with interests in political economy, state-building, gender and sexuality, law, and the environment. My dissertation, “Remapping America: The Interstate Highways and Infrastructural Power in the Postwar United States,” examines the creation and consequences of the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways after World War II. Via the new highways, officials inscribed social, political, and economic priorities across American space and time. My research illuminates that process of infrastructural priority-fixing, and the often inequitable geographies of state-charted movement that people then encountered in everyday life across the national landscape.
I received my MA in History from Princeton in 2017, and completed general examination fields in US History 1860-Present (major), Environmental and Western US History (minor), and the History of Capitalism (minor). I co-teach a MOOC on the global history of capitalism (Princeton edX), and I have precepted for History 383: The United States, 1920-1974 (Professor Kevin Kruse).
Previously I received an AB 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 in New York City.