In Summer 2022, I am the instructor of HIST 17C and ENV S 184. My office hours are Tuesdays between 12-3pm or by appointment on Zoom.


Personal Statement:

The Save-the-Redwood League (1920) and the eugenics manual The Passing of the Great Race (1916), used as evidence in the Nuremberg Trials as “Hitler’s Bible,” were created by the same person: Madison Grant. Nativism and white nationalism’s ties with conservation and preservation through Grant’s works did not stay within the US. The communication and collaboration of German and US conservationists through international eugenic knowledge communities made racializing conservation possible. This transnational connection became much more deadly through Grant’s ties to German foresters who became General Forstmeisters in the Third Reich. My dissertation examines how German and US conservationists made Coast Redwoods an object of racial science in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and in so doing, racialized conservation. It investigates how conservationists conflated forest and racial management in Germany and the US and analyzes the social conflicts that eugenic discourses and practices produced. My dissertation argues that Coast Redwood conservation constituted vital growth of white nationalism. In the process of creating racialized national and state parks in Germany and the US through segregation and white-centric curation and interpretation, those conserving and preserving Coast Redwoods paid as much attention to the human fauna as to the flora.


Dissertation Title:

"White Roots, Redwoods: Racializing German and US Conservation, 1920-1945"


Selected Publications:

  • “The Ethics of Reintroducing Large Carnivores: The Case of the California Grizzly.” Conservation and Society, 19.1 (2021): 80-90. Print.
  • “Building the California Dream: Mediating Redwoods as a Tool of Modernity, 1850-1920.” Media+Environment. Forthcoming.
  • “In Search of Lost Things: Proust and the Importance of Material Culture.” American Papers, vol. 33. (2014): 74-77. Print.
  • “Oh Captain, Our Captain: Captain America as a Hitler-Punching, Commie-Smashing, American God.” The American Papers, vol. 32. (2013): 85-91. Print.

Teaching Fields:

  • Environmental History
  • Public History
  • History of Science and Technology
  • US Consumer History (19th and 20th Centuries)

Courses Taught:

Instructor of Record at UCSB

  • The American People: Twentieth Century US History (HIST 17C; Summer 2022)
  • The History of California (HIST 177; Summer 2021)
  • Gender and the Environment (ENV S 184; Summer 2021, 2022)
  • Introduction to Environmental Studies (ENV S 1; Summer 2020, 2021)

Graduate Teaching Assistant at UCSB

  • Great Issues in the History of Public Policy (HIST 7) 
  • Introduction to the History of Latin America (HIST 8)
  • The American People (WWI-Present) (HIST 17C)
  • Science and the Modern World (HIST 20)
  • Introduction to Environmental Studies (ES 1)

Graduate Reader at UCSB

  • History of California (HIST 177)
  • Food in World History (HIST 193F)

English Adjunct Instructor (Various Institutions) 

  • West Los Angeles College (Introduction to Writing and Creative Writing)
  • Southwest Los Angeles College (Critical Thinking)
  • Irvine Valley College (Introduction to Writing)
  • Santa Ana College (Developmental Writing)

Awards & Professional Activities:

  • History Associates Fellowships (UCSB, 2020, 2021)
  • Public History Fellowship (UCSB, 2018-2019)
  • Fellowship (UCSB, 2017-2018)
  • Award for Outstanding Service as a Graduate Student, English (CSUF, 2014-2015)
  • Acacia Inspirational Peer Award (CSUF, 2014-2015)
  • Creative Writing Club Legacy Award (CSUF, 2013-2014)
  • Acacia Inspirational Peer Award (CSUF, 2013-2014)
  • Mary Kay Crouch Award in Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarship (CSUF, 2013-2014)
  • David Jon Vaca Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship in American Studies (CSUF, 2013)
  • Susan Flinkingshelt Award in American Studies (CSUF, 2011-2012)