Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Masters of Arts, 2014, Department of History

Master’s thesis: “The Cosmopolitan Gardener and the Early Melon: Reading The American Gardener’s Calendar as an Early American Horticultural Heuristic”

Committee: William Cronon, advisor; Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, Charles Cohen, Adam Nelson

St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Bachelors of Arts, 2007, History with honors

Senior honor’s thesis: “A Place Separate from the World: Elizabethtown College Experiences the Late Twentieth-Century American Awakening”

Advisor: Jane Calvert

 

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS

Environmental history; cultural history; history of science; history of capitalism; eighteenth- and nineteenth-century U.S. history; historical geography

 

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

Robert L. Middlekauff Fellowship, The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, 2017

Smithsonian Institution Fellowship, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 2016

Henry Belin Du Pont Dissertation Fellowship, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE, 2016

Phillips Library Research Fellowships, Peabody Essex Museum and Phillips Library, Salem, MA, 2016

Dumbarton Oaks Short-Term Research Residency, Dumbarton Oaks, 2016

Colonial Dames Fellowship in Early American History, 2016

Graduate Student Research Grant, Center for Culture, History and Environment (CHE), UW-Madison, 2013

University Fellowship [two-year fellowship], UW-Madison Graduate School, 2010-2011; 2015-2016

Vilas Welcome Award, UW-Madison Graduate School, 2010

St. Mary’s Project Award [cash prize honoring achievement on a senior honors thesis, including research stipend], St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 2007

Colton History Award [book prize for senior history thesis], St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 2007

Mellon Foundation Travel Grant [grant for student research in land tenure in Gambia, West Africa], St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 2006

Academic Achievement Award, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 2003-2007

 

PUBLICATIONS

“The Mechanical Gardener and the Early Melon: Towards an Environmental History of Timekeeping, 1660-1820,” Environmental History (April, 2017)

“Seven Ways of Looking at an Eclipse,” Edge Effects; co-authored with members of the Editorial Board. link

“A Reading List to Stay Grounded on Earth Day,” Edge Effects; co-authored with Bailey Albrecht. link

“The Logbook as Timekeeper” Conversant. link

“Interview: Dr. Kate Brown on Atomic Cities, the Mirage of Safety, and the Word ‘Environment.'” Edge Effects. link

“Chloroform and Butcher Birds: Violence in Late 19th Century Children’s Literature.” Edge Effects. link

“Reflections on Extraction 2: Whose Risks, Whose Choices? ‘Toxic Depths’” Edge Effects. link

 

PRESENTATIONS

Panel Organizer: “Modern Organic Time” presenting a paper titled: “Drip, Drip, Drop Goes the Factory Clock: Water, Climate and the Design of American Cotton Mills, 1830-1870” panel accepted History of Science Society (HSS), 2017

“Midnight in the Electroculturists’ Garden” Tuesday Colloquium, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, 2017

“Navigating the Fourth Dimension: Analog Computers, Timekeeping, and the Design of American Cotton Factories, 1830-1870,” accepted paper, Anticipation Conference, 2017

“Assenting to the World ‘at their Finger-ends’: Nineteenth-century Sailors and the Art of Navigation” accepted paper, American Studies Association (ASA), 2017

“Mechanical Gardeners and Scientific Sailors: Standardizing Organic Time on Land and at Sea 1750-1830,” American Society of Environmental Historians (ASEH) 2017

“The Mechanical Gardener and the Early Melon: Towards an Environmental History of Timekeeping, 1660-1820,” Hagley Museum and Library Brown Bag, October, 2016

“A More Perfect Time: Representing Space and Time in long Eighteenth Century Horticultural Guides,” Workshop on the History of Agriculture, Environment, Technology and Science (WHEATS), University of Colorado, Boulder, October 2015.

’Subverting the Stationary Precision of the Calendar’: Representations of Space and Time in Eighteenth-Century Horticultural Guides.” Transatlantic Agricultural Improvement Conference, paper presentation, June 2015.

“To Gain both Time and Space; Producing and Testing Geographical Knowledge in Eighteenth-Century Kitchen Gardens,” International Conference of Historical Geography, paper presentation, July 2015.

“A More Perfect Time: Representing Space and Time in long Eighteenth Century Horticultural Guides” Scientiea, Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World, paper presentation, May 2015.

“To Keep Time in a Box: Bernard M’Mahon’s American Gardener’s Calendar and Early Republican Temporal Perception” Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conference, University of Colorado Boulder, Graduate Student Panel, 2014

“The Cosmopolitan Gardener and the Early Melon: Reading The American Gardener’s Calendar as an Early American Horticultural Heuristic” Program in Gender and Women’s History, UW-Madison, Graduate Student Panel, 2014.

 

UNIVERSITY SERVICE AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Managing Editor, Wisconsin 101, Our History in Objects, a state-wide crowd-sourced public history project organized in cooperation with the UW-Madison History Department, the Wisconsin Historical Society, and Wisconsin Public Radio’s Wisconsin Life radio program.

Editor, Edge Effects, the digital magazine of the Center for Culture, History, and the Environment, a research center within the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

Co-chair, 9th annual CHE Graduate Student Symposium 2016: “E is for Environment: New Vocabularies for the Past, Present, and Future.” A 3-day interdisciplinary symposium convening graduate students from across North America and 14 disciplines to redefine the concept of environment; in honor of Gaylord Nelson at one hundred. May 2015-March 2016.

Planning Committee, Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE) Graduate Student Symposium, UW-Madison, 2012, 2014, 2015

Graduate Student Representative, CHE Executive Committee, UW-Madison, Fall 2013-Spring 2014

Organizing Committee, CHE Online Presence, UW-Madison, 2014 (see Edge Effects for final product)

Graduate Student Secretary, CHE, UW-Madison, Fall 2012-Spring 2013

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Teaching Assistant, “American Environmental History,” Professor William Cronon, UW-Madison, 2015

Teaching Assistant, “The American West to 1850,” Lecturer Travis Tenneson, UW-Madison, 2014

Teaching Assistant, “Slavery, Civil War, and Reconstruction,” Professor Stephen Kantrowitz, UW-Madison, 2014

Teaching Assistant, “History of American Capitalism,” Professor Colleen Dunlavy, UW-Madison, 2013

Teaching Assistant, “History of American Capitalism,” Professor Colleen Dunlavy, UW-Madison, 2013

Teaching Assistant, “American Environmental History,” Professor William Cronon, UW-Madison, 2012