I am studying to be a US cultural and social historian of the early to mid twentieth century, with a particular focus on the history of mental illness and psychiatry. I’m also interested in the history of science and medicine broadly, the development of nutritional science alongside ideas concerning diet and eating habits, as well as transnational connections between the United States, Germany, and Austria. My current project seeks to illuminate the intersection of psychiatric ideas, institutions, and ideas about food, diet, and health in the first half of the twentieth century through the lens of St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C.
In 2014, I earned my B.A. in History with Honors alongside a minor in Computer Science from the University of Richmond. I developed my interest in the history of psychiatry when I came across the lunacy case of John Armstrong Chaloner, which ultimately lead to my Honors thesis, “The Case of “Who’s Looney Now?”: Psychologists, Psychiatrists, the Public, and Contested Notions of Insanity in Turn-of-the-Twentieth Century America.” Additionally, while at UR, I worked in the Digital Scholarship Lab as an intern for two semesters, where I explored my interest in the digital humanities and digital history.
Besides completing my graduate coursework, I am now working as a producer and web administrator for a new podcast, Positionality: Graduate Student Perspectives on the Historian’s Craft, alongside fellow MSU history graduate students.
Graduate Teaching Assistant Appointments
HST 203: U.S. History Since 1876 | Spring 2017
IAH 206, Self, Society, Technology: Biotechnology and the Human Condition | Fall 2016
ISS 335, National Diversity and Change: Sex Research and Social Science | Summer 2016