I am an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan University. I came to Connecticut after I received a PhD in Intellectual History from the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins University. My teaching addresses the history of modern Europe and the Atlantic world; and my research examines the cultural resonances of religion, nationalism, and science from the late eighteenth century to the present. You can find my work in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Journal of the History of Ideas, Modern Intellectual History, Modern Language Notes, History of the Human Sciences, History of Psychology, and Journal of the Western Society for French History.
My first book, Making Spirit Matter: Neurology, Psychology, and Selfhood in Modern France, is a study of the early brain sciences’ surprising contributions the ideas and institutions that shaped French culture.
In my free time, when I’m not backpacking or playing ultimate frisbee, I also work on two new projects: the first traces the history of Western intellectuals in their roles as diplomatic ambassadors; the second explores the legacies of colonial psychology and physiology in North Africa since the 19th century.