Personal Statement:

I study the relationship between technology, labor, and public policy in the twentieth century United States. Specifically, I am researching the emergence of the labor market as a contested site of federal policymaking during and after World War II; a domain of social-scientific knowledge known to contemporaries as “manpower” theory. My dissertation follows the trajectory of manpower ideas as they shaped liberal policy approaches to war mobilization, automation, poverty, education, and economic development.