I’m a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan University. I arrived after receiving my PhD in Intellectual History from Johns Hopkins. Truly, I feel lucky to teach interdisciplinary seminars on European history with students who are as curious as I am about the connections among economics, neuroscience, nationalism, and philosophy. You can find some of my work in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Journal of the History of Ideas, and History of Psychology.
My first book, Making Spirit Matter, is forthcoming with University of Chicago Press. It tells the story of how ideas of l’esprit (mind) have been at the heart of French culture, politics, and brain science over the past 300 years.
When I’m not hiking in the Green Mountains, I work on a new project. In “The Voluntary Colony,” I explore the human sciences’ vital support for imperial institutions in North Africa. I’ve given a number of talks on European governments’ investment in scientific knowledge, particularly at the turn of the 20th century, when sociologists and psychologists began to analyze Muslim religious practices.
My research isn’t only academic. I’m also an ethnographer at Design Science, a life science consulting firm, where I lead a team analyzing cutting-edge medical procedures in their contexts of use across America, Europe, and Asia. Our work helps companies create more user-friendly health technologies.