Personal Statement:

I study welfare and social policy in the twentieth century through the lens of food assistance policies. My project explores the shifting politics of hunger, the welfare state, and public/private provision in the United States and Britain during the late twentieth century. Through comparative analysis of food programs including food stamps, school meals, and food banking in the U.S. and income support programs in Britain, my project tracks the changing frames of hunger and poverty as issues during what is thought of as a shared moment of rising transatlantic conservatism. I follow how policymakers ideas about the proper balance of public and private welfare provision changed during the 1970s, complicating the narrative of welfare privatization during the 1980s.

Dissertation Title:

Food Assistance Policies and the Transformation of the Public/ Private Welfare State in the U.S. and Britain, 1972-1988

Selected Publications:

Could Millennials Reshape Global Supply Chains? Global-E

The Right’s food stamp embarrassment: A history lesson for the haters, Salon.com

Courses Taught:

Teaching Assistant for History 17A, 17B, 17C, 5, and 4C

Instructor for Writing 2: Introduction to University Writing

Awards & Professional Activities:

  • Steve and Barbara Mendell Graduate Fellowship in Cultural Literacy, Walter H. Capps Center at UCSB, 2017-2018
  • Grant for Research in Congressional Collections, Association of Centers for the Study of Congress, 2017
  • Graduate Humanities Research Fellowship, University of California Santa Barbara, 2016-2017
  • Jerome M. Clubb Scholarship, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, 2016
  • Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Research Grant, 2016
  • Robert J. Dole Archive and Special Collections Research Fellowship, 2016
  • Summer Archival Research Fellow on Structural Inequality, University of Baltimore, 2016
  • Humanities and Social Science Research Grant, UCSB, 2016
  • Robert L. Kelley Graduate Fellowship, UCSB History Associates, 2015