I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Lake Forest College and Scholar-in-Residence at the Newberry Library in Chicago. I completed a PhD in History at Harvard University in 2017. My scholarship focuses on the historical construction of work, education, and labor markets in the modern US, and how these processes have given rise to a society with one of the highest levels of social inequality across the Global North. My book manuscript, “Paths to Work: Credentialing Inequality in the United States” examines how increased access to education, so often hailed as the primary road to opportunity, gave rise to new forms of inequality based on educational credentials that reproduced hierarchies of class, race, ethnicity, and gender. By tracing the transformation from workplace-based training in the nineteenth century to school-based training in the twentieth century, this project illuminates the role of education in shaping the particular form of the American welfare state and capitalist economy, and reorients the focus of contemporary inequality scholarship from the “turning point” of the 1970s to the profound shift a century earlier.
I have taught classes in U.S. urban history, social and political movements, the history of education, and cultural history from the colonial era to the present. I received by A.B. from Harvard College in 2008 with a concentration in Social Studies. Before beginning graduate school, I was a high school history teacher in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In 2011 I received an MPhil in Political Thought from the University of Cambridge, where I wrote a thesis on workers’ education movements in the UK and US.