I am an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan University. I came to Connecticut after I received my PhD in Intellectual History from the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins University. I feel lucky to teach seminars in modern European history at an institution with invested students who are as interested as I am in science, religion, nationalism, and metaphysics. My research explores the cultural resonances of the brain sciences from the eighteenth century to the present. You can find some of my work in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Journal of the History of Ideas, History of the Human Sciences, History of Psychology, Modern Intellectual History, and Modern Language Notes.
My first book, Making Spirit Matter: Neurology, Psychology, and Selfhood in Modern France, is a study of spiritualism, a wide-ranging philosophical tradition, and its contributions to early brain studies.
In my free time, when I’m not hiking in the Green Mountains, I am working on a new project, “The Voluntary Colony.” It explores the role of the human sciences in the imperial institutions of North Africa since the 19th century.