Personal Statement:

My dissertation focuses on how yellow fever shaped antebellum New Orleans, but more broadly I am examining how ecology, geography, science and political philosophy intersected with the rise of professional medicine in the Old Southwest.

Previously, I researched and produced a thesis on the advent of modern American conservatism in the 1930s. I find disease to be more cheerful.

Selected Publications:

“Ungesund: The Collective Medical Geography of the American South as Presented by German Settlement Literature, 1804-1860” Southern Spaces (Forthcoming)

Courses Taught:

Hist 162: America in the Early Republic

Awards & Professional Activities:

  • Harvard University, History of Science – Visiting Fellow 2017
  • Louisiana Historical Association – Amos E. Simpson Research Grant 2016
  • Lawrence Badash History of Science Paper Prize 2014
  • Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science – Travel Grant 2014
  • University of California Regents Special Fellowship 2012 – 2017
  • Emil Steck Jr. Fellowship (UCSB) 2012 – 2013
  • Jeffers Chertok Memorial Scholarship (EWU) 2007 – 2008