I am a 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 interdisciplinary seminars on the history of science and Europe 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 Los Angeles Review of Books, Journal of the History of Ideas, History of Psychology, and numerous other journals.
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) have come to resonate across French culture, politics, and brain science over the past 300 years
In my free time, when I’m not hiking in the Green Mountains, I am working on some new projects. “The Voluntary Colony” explores the human sciences’ crucial role supporting imperial institutions in North Africa since the turn of the 20th century. I’ve given a few talks about European governments’ investment in scientific knowledge, particularly at this time when sociologists and psychologists began to analyze Muslim religious practices. I also contribute content and design support to the HELM Studio, which partners with human rights defenders and their organizations to ideate, fund, and build social design solutions to promote human rights and access to justice.