I am a Ph.D. cadidate in literary and cultural studies at Carnegie Mellon University. I’m currently working through an extended bout of research in the UK and different parts of the US for my dissertation, Impolite Science: Print and Performance in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic, which I expect to defend in 2019. Last year, I finished a program of training in book history at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School, with area concentrations in printed books to 1800 and the scientific book. This past summer (2018), I obtained a graduate certificate in Digital Humanities from the University of Victoria.
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 gender studies, college composition, and professional writing at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, PA, and its satellite campus in Doha, Qatar.