Bio

I am a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University. I am also pursuing a secondary field in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Broadly, my research focuses on the ways in which nontraditional materials and practices are used for healing and defining "normality."  

My dissertation, "Treating Clothes: Dress and the Sciences of Subjectivity," explores the ways in which clothing was discussed and studied in the “new” sciences of the twentieth century—anthropology, psychology, and sociology—as a means by which to produce objectivity in the study of selfhood. As materials that helped construct the self on the boundary between interior forces and exterior perceptions, clothes became a battleground for differing conceptions of the normal (white, male) subject. I argue that objects such as clothes allowed for development of disciplinary maturity, a process that included attempts to enforce that normality through advertising and projects of control. 

I am also interested in other related projects of clothing and medicine, including British tanning in the early twentieth century; the iconography of the skirt at the intersection of medicine and fashion; and "Rest in Peace" and "Race for the Cure" T-shirts as technologies of group therapy. 

At Harvard, I have served as a House Advisor for the undergraduate History and Science concentration and helped organize the 2019 Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine, which was held in Cambridge in October (the final program from the conference is available here).

Before arriving at Harvard, I studied chemistry and the history of science, medicine, and public health as an undergraduate at Yale University. In addition to studying RNA modifications and early American asylums, I was also the publisher of The Yale Record and a copy editor for the Yale Daily News, as well as a summer intern for both the NASA History Program Office and the Atomic Heritage Foundation.