I am a Ph.D. candidate in History with a focus on the intellectual and cultural history of nineteenth-century America. My dissertation, To Meet Life Face to Face: Communication and American Social Reform from Haymarket to the Harlem Renaissance, examines how literary ideas about expression and understanding shaped movements for political reform between 1880 and 1930. The project focuses on three localized case studies: William James and Vida Scudder in Boston; the "American Group" anarchists, the Ethical Culture Society, and Jane Addams in Chicago; and Alain Locke, Hubert Harrison, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston in New York.
I received my M.Phil with Distinction in Political Thought and Intellectual History from Cambridge University in 2013 and my B.A. summa cum laude in Social Studies from Harvard in 2012. My M.Phil dissertation investigated the development of religious toleration by examining the early-eighteenth-century debate in England over the practice of "Occasional Conformity," particularly how dissenters' religious epistemologies combined with their defense of toleration. I received the Quentin Skinner prize for my work in the M.Phil. My undergraduate honors thesis, which won the Hoopes Thesis Prize, compared post-revolutionary debates in America and Russia by focusing upon popular sovereignty and the challenge of the crowd. My work engages with intellectual history from the "bottom up" as well as the "top down", and seeks to address questions of how assumptions, beliefs, and propagandistic practices shape historical change inside and outside of universities.
In addition to reading and writing, I enjoy horseback riding, martial arts, and praising my hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. When not in Cambridge, I'm often visiting my parents and our parakeet in Cuenca, Ecuador.
I can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.