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Fall 2020

Section 0967 of HIST17.1
History of the United States to 1877 -- : Aug 17 - Dec 11 2020
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Section 0977 of HIST17.1
History of the United States to 1877 -- : Aug 17 - Dec 11 2020
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Section 1750 of HIST17.1
History of the United States to 1877 -- : Aug 17 - Dec 11 2020
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Section 2586 of HIST17.1
History of the United States to 1877 -- : Aug 17 - Dec 11 2020
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Section 3699 of HIST4.2
History of Western Civilization from 1648 C.E. -- : Aug 17 - Dec 11 2020
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Summer 2020

Section 9011 of HIST22
History of California -- : Jun 15 - Jul 26 2020
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Spring 2020

Section 4972 of HIST21
Race, Ethnicity and Gender in American Culture -- : Jan 14 - May 14 2020

Section 7176 of HIST4.2
History of Western Civilization from 1648 C.E. -- : Jan 13 - May 11 2020

Ph.D., History - University of California, Davis 

M.A., Modern History - King’s College London, University of London

B.A., History (Minor: Middle Eastern and North African Studies) -  University of California, Los Angeles

Academic Experience: 

  • Solano College, History Instructor
  • Mills College, History Instructor
  • UC Davis, History Instructor

Courses Taught

  • Global Environmental History
  • A Global History of Capitalism
  • US History to 1877
  • US History 1865 to Present
  • US in the 1960s
  • US Supreme Court 1865 to Present
  • African American History 1860-Present
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in American Culture
  • California History
  • World History to 1500
  • World History 1500 to Present
  • Western Civilization to 1648
  • Western Civilization 1648 to Present

I am generally interested in the convergence of labor, capital, and the environment in the nineteenth century. My dissertation research focused 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.

Presentations and Publications: 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND INVITED TALKS

  • 2019 – “Missing the Needles for the Leaves: The Destruction of Old-growth Hemlock Forests and the Creation of the Catskills,” 3rd World Congress of Environmental History, Florianópolis, Brazil, (July 22-26 July)
  • 2019 – “Factories in the Forest: Rural Tanneries in Nineteenth-Century New York and the Mobility of Foreign Commodities,” Agricultural History Society, Washington DC (June 6-8)
  • 2019 – “English Salt, California Hides, and New York Hemlocks: The Commodity Frontiers of Early American Leather,” Omohundro Institute Annual Conference, University of Pittsburgh, (June 13-15)
  • 2017, “Destructive Creation: Tanneries, Deforestation, and Remaking the Landscape in 19th Century New York,” UC Davis Environments and Societies Colloquium
  • 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)
  • 2012, “Utopian Wilderness: Working-Class Conservation and the Shaping of the National Park System,” UC Davis Departmental Colloquium, Davis CA (June 21-22)
  • 2011, “The Role of Unions in University Protests,” UC Privatization Teach-In (November 29)

Book Reviews

“Radical Roots, Utopian Legacies,” Boom: A Journal of California. Volume 3, Number 2, Summer 2013

Web-Based Publications

“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