Welcome to my academic website!
I am currently Lecturer in History at Smith College. Before earning a Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization at Harvard (2015), I studied North American cultural history and political science at the University of Munich.
My teaching and research revolve around the global history of the nineteenth century, especially U.S. and European imperialism in the Pacific. I am also working on global labor history, the history of capitalism, and environmental history.
My current book project, Coconut Colonialism: Samoa and the Making of the Global South, tells the story of Samoa’s globalization from the last decade of the nineteenth century through World War I in five chapters, each dedicated to a central worksite and to those who worked in it: the Samoan subsistence economy, the copra plantation, the ethnographic show, the building of infrastructure, and the colonial service. I argue that the globalization of Samoa was driven not only by the interests of metropolitan elites and settler capitalists, but, more importantly, by the motley crew of people working on and off the islands. As a site intermimperial rivalry and global labor migration, Samoa at the turn of the twentieth century offers a fascinating case study of the colonial roots of globalization.