I investigate the connections between the late Victorian British Empire and the development of queer identities in the metropole. I argue that “having” an empire affected the way British men thought about space, sex, and their own various identities, leading to an increasingly coherent cluster of fin-de-siècle queer sensibilities. The empire mattered to queerness, and vice versa.
My dissertation focuses specifically on the relationship between Ceylon and Scotland at the turn of the twentieth century.
I consider myself a cultural historian of gender and sexuality, and my methods draw on the fields of literary studies, queer theory, and art history. I am a member of the History Department’s Gender and Sexualities Research Cluster.
Primary advisor: Erika Rappaport
“Biographical Sketch of Mary Elizabeth (Mrs. Lorenzo) Darling.” In the Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States. Forthcoming.
“Biographical Sketch of Hattie Elizabeth (Mrs. Aylett) Cotton.” In the Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920. 2020.
“Imaging the Criminal Body: ‘Faces of Meth’ and Galton’s Composite Photographs,” in Before-and-After Photography: Histories and Contexts, ed. Jordan Bear and Kate Palmer Albers (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017), 43-56.
Graduate Teaching Assistant
- Writing 2: Academic Writing (Winter 2021)
- Writing 2: Academic Writing (Fall 2020)
- History 17B: US History, Sectional Crisis through Progressivism (Summer Session A 2020)
- History 87: Japanese History through Art and Literature (Spring 2020)
- History 2A: World History, Prehistory-1000 (Winter 2020)
- History 2B: World History, 1000-1700 (Fall 2019)
- History 4C: History of Modern Europe, 1715-Present (Spring 2019)
- History 2B: World History, c.1000-c.1800 (Winter 2019)
- History 2C: World History, 1700-Present (Fall 2018)
- History 4B: Western Civilization, 1050-1715 (Summer Session B 2018)
- History 4C: Europe and the Crisis of Modernity, 1715-Present (Spring 2018)
- Black Studies/History 49A: Survey of African History, Prehistory-c. 1800 (Winter 2018)
- History 88: South Asian History (Fall 2017)
Awards & Professional Activities:
Recipient, Ann Rappaport Paper Prize in European History (2020), “‘Even His Lungs Were Affected’: Aubrey Beardsley, Earnestness, and the Artistic Politics of Interiority”
Recipient, History Associates Graduate Fellowship, 2020
Pillars of TAship Certificate, UCSB Instructional Development, 2020
Nominee, UCSB Academic Senate Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, 2020
Member, Community Relations Committee, UCSB Department of History, 2019
Panel chair, “Queer Colonials: Male Same-Sex Sexuality, Intimacy, and Desire Across the British Empire Before 1850” at QHC 2019, San Francisco State University, June 2019
Member, American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies since 2020
Member, The Aubrey Beardsley Society since 2020
Member, Coordinating Council for Women in History since 2020
Member, North American Victorian Studies Association since 2020
Member, Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender History since 2019
Member, North American Conference on British Studies since 2019
Guest lectures at UCSB:
US Imperialism in Global Context, July 22, 2020
Ancient Greek Sex and the Development of Gay Identities, February 13, 2020
Great Zimbabwe: Southern African State Formation (c. 1000-c. 1500) and its Misinterpretations (1871-?), February 20, 2018; February 21, 2019; November 7, 2019
New Imperialism: More Than a Political System, May 2, 2019
New Imperialism and the Great War, October 22, 2018