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I am Assistant Professor of History at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Before joining WPI, I taught at Harvard, Tufts, Bard, and Smith. In 2015, I earned my Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization at Harvard.
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.
In my current book project, Coconut Colonialism: Samoa and the Making of the Global South, I tell 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.