In August 2017, I am excited to join the History Department at Idaho State University, where I will teach courses on the history of nuclear power, energy, science and technology, and American culture. My courses will be offered at all of ISU’s campuses.
I completed my graduate training at Temple University in Philadelphia, where I studied 20th-century American cultural history under the direction of Dr. Beth Bailey. I defended my dissertation, “The Atomic American: Citizenship in a Nuclear State, 1945-1963,” in January 2017. This project examined the effects of the nuclear weapons revolution on American culture and society in the early years of the Cold War.
From 2016 to 2017, I served as the Assistant Director of the Center for the Humanities at Temple University (CHAT). CHAT is an interdisciplinary forum for Temple’s graduate students and faculty that runs several lecture series, awards research fellowships, and supports thematic working groups across Temple and the Philadelphia region.
My research interests include the history of energy, the early Cold War, nuclear technology, natural and man-made disasters, urban and suburban space, domestic life, and cultural citizenship. However, my background in architecture left a lasting curiosity about the built environment, graphic and material design, and the public sphere, all elements that inform my research.
Upcoming and Recent Conferences
In fall 2017, I will present papers at the Society for the History of Technology (Philadelphia) and the History of Science Society (Toronto).
In late 2015, I was part of a roundtable panel at the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) titled, “Civil Defense and the Nuclear World: An International Perspective on the Future of Shelter Studies.” The session brought together an international cohort of scholars to discuss civil defense and nuclear war in a transnational perspective. Based on the enthusiastic response to our SHOT roundtable, my fellow panelists and I established the Transnational Civil Defense Working Group, designed to serve as a nexus for scholars studying nuclear civil defense, disaster studies, and public safety.
In March 2017, the Transnational Civil Defense Working Group welcomed almost twenty international, interdisciplinary scholars to Zurich, Switzerland, for an Exploratory Workshop. The meeting, which was generously funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, laid the groundwork for future scholarly collaboration.
I have presented my work on nuclear culture at several other conferences, including the International Symposium on Icons in the United States and Great Britain at the University of Angers in France (2015), the Biennial Conference of the Urban History Association in Philadelphia (2014), and the Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Technology in Dearborn, Michigan (2014).
From 2016 to 2017, I was a Graduate Writing tutor at Temple University’s Writing Center. In 2017, I also completed Temple University’s Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education. From 2014-2015, I served as a visiting instructor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Tuebingen, Germany, where I taught courses on nuclear history and Cold War culture in the United States.
Prior to my stint in Germany, I was a teaching assistant and recitation instructor for a wide variety of courses. I was also the instructor of record for U.S. History to 1877, Cold War Culture in America, and Recent American History (online).
From 2011 to 2012, I served as the Allen F. Davis Fellow in Public History at the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent. During my fellowship term, the museum reopened after an extended renovation period and I was able to participate in the “behind the scenes” process of reimagining collections and exhibit spaces, and reinvigorating the museum’s mission and membership. That year, I also was involved in a number of planning consortiums and K-12 educational initiatives. Finally, I was part of the Philadelphia History Museum’s partnership with the Reading Terminal Market – Philadelphia’s celebrated public market – to create an exhibit about the Market’s storied history.
Awards and Honors
From 2015-2016, I served as the Ambrose Monell Funded Fellow in Technology and Democracy at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center. During that year, I also was selected to be a fellow at the Center for Humanities at Temple University (CHAT), where I participated in a bi-weekly, interdisciplinary dissertation colloquium.
In March 2015, I attended the Heidelberg Center for American Studies’ Spring Academy on American History, Culture and Politics. The week-long conference gives international PhD students the opportunity to present and discuss their dissertations in an interdisciplinary environment.
In September 2014, I spent two weeks researching at Princeton University’s Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library thanks to support from the Friends of the Princeton University Library. This research trip facilitated investigations into Princeton’s Public Policy Papers, including Adlai E. Stevenson’s papers. I wrote a blog post for the Mudd Library about Stevenson’s antinuclear campaign that can be found here.
In May 2014, I attended the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project‘s nuclear history Boot Camp in Allumiere, Italy. The 10-day intensive seminar and workshop helped me forge connections with young nuclear scholars across the globe and across disciplines. The NPIHP program was an unforgettable experience and gave us an exciting avenue for future collaboration in nuclear studies.
In 2013, I was awarded a Predoctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. This four-month fellowship gave me the resources and time to advance my dissertation and archival research at the Smithsonian, National Archives, and Library of Congress. In January 2014, I moved to the National Air and Space Museum, where I continued to work on my dissertation as a Research Associate.
The Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy (CENFAD) at Temple University generously awarded me the Marvin Wachman Fellowship in Force and Diplomacy and the Jeffrey Bower Endowed Research Fellowship in 2013 and 2012, respectively. Along with a Temple University History Department Travel Award (2012), these grants helped to defray the cost of travel to archives in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Wisconsin, Missouri, Kansas, and California.
[updated July 2017]