Broadly stated, I am interested in the intersections and relatedness of political economy, consumer culture, financial markets, and economic life. Consequently, my research interests have tended to revolve around periods of pronounced economic change — the “booms” and “busts” of the business cycle.
My most recent research project investigated political debates in the United States over US commercial banks foreign lending activities in the 1970s and the role of those banks in instigating the Latin American debt crisis of the 1980s. I argued that the “Washington Consensus” on proper economic reforms for nations in the Global South which emerged as an idea at the end of the debt crisis was not so much a consensus as a result of a series of contested political decisions made in the interests of the US financial sector.
My undergraduate thesis investigated the ideology and culture of cooperation as manifested in the “Self-Help” cooperative movement of the early years of the Great Depression.
Review of Korinna Schönhärl, ed. Decision Taking, Confidence, and Risk Management in Banks from Early Modernity to the 20th Century (London: Palgrave McMillan, 2017), for H/Soz/Kult, February 5, 2020. https://www.hsozkult.de/publicationreview/id/reb-27230
Awards & Professional Activities:
University of California, Santa Barbara
- Chancellor’s Fellow
- Emil Steck, Jr. Fellow
- DeConde/Burns Prize, 2020
- William H. Ellison Prize, 2020
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Mark H. Leff Prize for Outstanding Senior Honors Thesis, Spring 2016
- History Departmental Honors with Highest Distinction
- University Bronze Tablet Honors, Spring 2016
- Department of Economics Justice Rita Garman GPA Award