I am a Ph.D. candidate in literary and cultural studies at Carnegie Mellon University, where I am currently working on my dissertation, Impolite Science: Print and Performance in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic. For AY2019-20, I have been appointed as a research fellow with Print and Probability, an NSF-funded digital humanities project that uses machine learning and computer vision to infer the identities of thousands of early modern book and pamphlet printers who have eluded scholars for roughly 500 years.
My most recent work on the intersection of Newtonian mechanics, methodism, and political theory in the work of Tobias Smollett is forthcoming in The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation. Broadly, my research and teaching interests include British and North American cultural and political history, 1660-1789, the print and performance cultures of eighteenth-century science, transatlantic studies, and digital humanities—this last with a particular emphasis on complex networks. My ongoing project, Buying into Science, uses network analysis to model structural change in the scientific print trade from 1670-1800.
Generous grants and fellowships have supported my research and digital projects. I have received funding from the Smithsonian Institution; the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Trinity Hall, Cambridge; Princeton University; the University of Victoria; the Huntington Library; the Clark Memorial Library, UCLA; the Massachusetts Historical Society; the Bibliographical Society of America; and the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
In addition to recent public humanities work in exhibit development and curation for the Posner Center and Fine Arts Foundation, I have also published about my teaching. My recent brief in Emerging Learning Design (2017) outlines classroom exercises that blend research methods from bibliography and book history with analytical methods from societal computing. In the past, I have taught courses on early modern literature and culture, gender studies, college composition, and professional writing at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, PA, and its satellite campus in Doha, Qatar.