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I am an interdisciplinary historian with training in art history, anthropology, and the history of science, technology, and medicine. I currently hold the position of Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at North Carolina State University and teach courses in histories of agriculture and medicine in U.S. and global contexts. My research explores the economic and ecological relationships humans build with non-human animals. My teaching interests span across science and technology studies, food studies, the environmental and medical humanities, and research methodology in history and ethnography.

At Temple University, I completed a dual B.A. in art history and anthropology while completing competitive internships at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the City of Philadelphia. I received an M.A. in anthropology at Brandeis University, shifting my focus from public art to public science and completing a master’s paper on scientific and technological adoption among Amish dairy farmers. I completed my Ph.D. in the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. My dissertation traced the twentieth-century development of the U.S. animal feed industry, and my first book project will expand on this work to describe how scientists have attempted to manipulate ruminant stomachs through feed concoctions in the name of various (inter)national economic and ecological projects.

My research has been supported by grants and fellowships from numerous institutions, including the Hagley Museum and Library, the Scientific Instrument Society, the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program, and Penn’s Wolf Humanities Center and Program for the Environmental Humanities (PPEH).

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