I will be teaching History 141B: Twentieth-Century Britain in Summer Session A. This class will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous components. As I plan this course, prospective students are welcome to contact me with questions or to share their research interests.
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 applies biographical and microhistorical methods to the life story of Hector Macdonald as a means of understanding the racial history of pedophilia, queer sexuality, and imperialism at the turn of the twentieth century. I argue that the life story of Macdonald allowed Scots to think through their gendered role within Britain and its empire.
I am 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.
Certificates and Awards:
Pillars of TAship Certificate, UCSB Instructional Development, 2020
Nominee, UCSB Academic Senate Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, 2020
- History 141B: Twentieth-Century Britain (Summer Session A 2021)
Graduate Teaching Assistant:
- Writing 2: Academic Writing (Spring 2021)
- 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:
Awards, Fellowships, and Grants:
Recipient, American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies Dissertation Planning Grant, 2021
Recipient, History Department Research Travel Grant, 2021
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
Presenter, “Scottishness, Celebrity, Space, and Sex: The Case of Hector Macdonald,” Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, March 13, 2021 [virtual conference]
Panel chair, “Queer Colonials: Male Same-Sex Sexuality, Intimacy, and Desire Across the British Empire Before 1850” at QHC 2019, June 18, 2019 [San Francisco State University]
History Department IT Graduate Student Assistant, 2019-21
Member, Website Redesign Committee, UCSB Department of History, 2019-21
Member, Community Relations Committee, UCSB Department of History, 2019-20
American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies since 2020
The Aubrey Beardsley Society since 2020
Coordinating Council for Women in History since 2020
Nineteenth-Century Studies Association since 2021
North American Victorian Studies Association since 2020
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