I am an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan University. I came to Connecticut after receiving my PhD in Intellectual History from the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins University. Truly, I feel lucky to teach seminars on the history of science and modern Europe with students who are as curious as I am about neuroscience, economics, nationalism, and philosophy. You can find some of my work in Los Angeles Review of Books, Journal of the History of Ideas, History of Psychology, Modern Intellectual History, History of the Human Sciences, and Modern Language Notes.
My first book, Making Spirit Matter: Neurology, Psychology, and Selfhood in Modern France, is forthcoming with University of Chicago Press. It tells the story of how ideas of l’esprit (mind) came to animate French culture, politics, and the brain sciences since the early 19th century.
In my free time, when I’m not hiking in the Green Mountains, I am working on a new project. “The Voluntary Colony” explores the human sciences’ role in rationalizing the imperial institutions of North Africa around the turn of the 20th century, a time when analyzing Muslim religious practices began to preoccupy European sociologists and psychologists.