Section 9011 of HIST22
History of California -- : May 28 - Jul 07 2019
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Ph.D., History - University of California, Davis (A.B.D.)
M.A., Modern History, 2009 - King’s College London, University of London
B.A., History, 2006 - University of California, Los Angeles
- Solano College, History Instructor: 2012-Present
- Mills College, History Instructor: 2015-2016
- UC Davis, History Instructor: Summer 2015
US History to 1865
US History 1865 to Present
US in the 1960s
US History 1945 to Present
US Supreme Court 1865 to Present
World History to 1500
Western Civilization to 1500
World History 1500 to Present
I am in the process of completing my dissertation at the University of California, Davis. I am generally interested in the convergence of labor, capital, and the environment in the nineteenth century. My main focus is on the production and consumption of leather in New York throughout the nineteenth century with an emphasis on the environmental effects of the tanning industry in the Catskills and Adirondacks. My research also uses leather as a lens through which to view the history of capitalism in the nineteenth century, especially the development of complex financial instruments that facilitated rapid, unsustainable growth within the industry.
I am currently completing my research and writing with the generous support of the Forest History Society through the Walter S. Rosenberry Fellowship. In the last few years I have served as a Graduate Student Researcher for the UC Davis Mellon Research Initiative for Environments and Societies, a project that builds cross-disciplinary collaboration in the environmental humanities and humanistic social sciences to undertake the broad rethinking of human-nature interactions that are critical to meeting the environmental challenges of our era. In 2012 I was selected as the Peter J. Shields Library Special Collections Fellow where I worked with the Special Collections Department to highlight some archives that might be of interest for social science researchers.
In addition to my research and employment obligations at UC Davis I teach at institutions of higher education around the Bay Area. I have taught a variety of courses including: U.S. History to 1865, U.S. History 1865 to Present, US History 1945 to Present, The US in the 1960s, California History, World History to 1500, World History 1500 to Present, and The West and Its Traditions. I have taught both face-to-face and online courses. Most recently, I have held teaching positions at UC Davis, Mills College, and Solano College.
I am also an active participant in labor and social justice movements at the colleges and universities I have worked for. While at UC Davis I served as the unit recording secretary for UAW 2865, the union that represents academic student employees at the University of California. I have also served on the bylaws and elections committees. At Solano College I served as the chair of the Solano Adjunct Coalition and as one of the elected adjunct representatives to the executive board of the Solano College Faculty Association, the bargaining unit for full- and part-time faculty. At Mills College I have participated in meetings for the newly organized adjunct union represented by SEIU.
Presentations and Publications:
2016 - “From ‘the Swamp’ to Wall Street: Manhattan Tanners and the Making of American Capitalism,” Histories of Capitalism, 2.0, Cornell University (29 September – 1 October)
2015 - “New York Leather and the Invention of the Gilded Age, 1812-1870,” European Society for Environmental History Biennial Conference, Versailles, France (30 June – 3 July)
“Radical Roots, Utopian Legacies,” Boom: A Journal of California. Volume 3, Number 2, Summer 2013
“Spring Colloquium Series Probes Human-Nature Interactions,” UC Davis Institute for Social Sciences Journal – Summer 2016
“Bodies of Evidence, Market Forces, and the Role of the State in Destroying and Saving the Planet,” UC Davis Environments and Societies website – Spring 2014
“Radical Activist Archive Examples and Research Possibilities,” UC Davis Shields Library Special Collections website - Fall 2013
Honors and Awards:
2016-2017, Forest History Society, Walter S. Rosenberry Fellow
2016, UC Davis Institute for Social Sciences Dissertation Research Grant
2016, Reed-Smith Dissertation Travel Research Award
2016, University of California, Humanities Research Institute Graduate Student Dissertation Support Grant
2016, Early American Industries Association, Winthrop L. Carter Memorial Research Grant
2016, UC Davis History Department Research Fellowship
2015, UC Davis Graduate Studies Travel Grant
2013-2015, Reed-Smith Research Travel Award
2014, UC Davis History Department Conference Travel Award
2012-2013, UC Davis Shields Library Special Collections Fellow