I am a PhD student with a commitment to pursuing interdisciplinary scholarship. My research interests focus on the development of gay and lesbian consumer culture in the late twentieth century United States. I am also interested in representations of gender and sexuality in twentieth century US literature, popular culture, and visual media. I recently completed a research project on advertising, gay owned and operated businesses, and gay and lesbian reader engagement with OutWeek magazine between 1989 and 1991.
My undergraduate dissertation examined anti-suffrage visual culture and gender anxieties in the Progressive Era. My MA dissertation analyzed female military recruitment posters, pin-ups, and anti-venereal disease posters in order to evaluate the extent to which images of female sexuality and femininity were used to police gender roles within the military in the 1940s.
I am thrilled to once again be a member of the UCSB History Department, as I studied abroad here as an undergraduate during the 2013-2014 school year. In my spare time, I enjoy dancing, walking on Santa Barbara’s many beautiful beaches, and gluten free baking.
As a TA:
HIST 5: The History of the Present (Fall 2018)
HIST 17B: The American People – 1820 to 1920 (Winter 2019, Winter 2020)
HIST 17C: The American People – World War I to the Present (Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Spring 2020)
HIST 74: Poverty, Inequality and Social Justice in Historical and Global Context (Fall 2019)
As a Reader:
HIST 166LB: American Legal History (Spring 2019)
Awards & Professional Activities:
“Gender, Class, and Culture in the Progressive Era”. Guest lecture for History 17B. March 5th 2019. IV Theater 1, UCSB. 75 minutes.
“Poverty During the Great Hunger in Ireland, 1845-1849”. Guest lecture for History 74. November 6th 2019. Harold Franke Hall, UCSB. 25 minutes.
“Read All AbOUT It: Activism, Consumerism, and Community Building in OutWeek Magazine, 1989-1991.” Envisioning LGBTQIA+ Wellbeing Graduate Conference. November 16 2018. Loma Pelona Center, UCSB. 25 minutes.