My work asks how international concerns shaped consumption of ordinary household or personal goods among US women from roughly 1914-1948. How were commodities like silk endowed with political meaning, and how did their consumption (or non-consumption) express broader, international economic visions of American housewives in the war and interwar periods?
In so doing, I reconsider divisions between public/ private and domestic/ foreign, trace the emergence of a global “consumer citizenship,” and work to merge a study of trade and foreign policy with more cultural explorations of subject- and identity-formation. I engage in histories of popular internationalism, social movements, women and gender, business, and consumer culture along with material culture studies and feminist studies.
I am currently writing a short history of consumption and the state from 1820-1920 for the Bloomsbury Cultural History of Shopping series.
Also passionate about public history, I enjoy exploring the interpretation and remaking of historical objects’ (and narratives’) meaning in present day collections, performances, and displays. I am now working on a co-authored Public History project with John Majewski, which uses a series of “letters,” written in the guise of historical figures, to consider the choices that Lin-Manuel Miranda made in the creation and presentation of the popular contemporary musical, Hamilton.
As a Teaching Assistant:
Spring 2018: HIST7, History of Public Policy
Spring 2017 and Fall 2017: HIST 17C, The American People, 1914-Present
Winter 2017 and Winter 2018: HIST 17B, The American People, 1820-1914
Fall 2016: HIST 17A, The American People, 1492-1820
Awards & Professional Activities:
Robert L. Kelley Fellowship (2018, UC Santa Barbara History Associates)
J. Bruce Anderson Award for excellence in graduate teaching assistantship (2017, UC Santa Barbara History Department)
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (2015, UC Riverside Academic Senate)
History Scholarship and Community Service Award (2015, UC Riverside History Department)
Peter Schneider Award in American History (2015 and 2014, UC Riverside History Department)
“A Great Mission at a Critical Time”: Mary Emma Woolley and the Politics of Articulating a ‘Women’s Voice’ in the US Interwar Peace Movement,” Western Association of Women Historians, 50th Annual Meeting, 2018.
“‘More than It Seams’: Transpacific Consumer Politics, Chinese-American Womanhood, and the Japanese Silk-Stocking Boycott of 1937-1941,” Western Association of Women Historians, 49th Annual Meeting, 2017.