What I do
I am a cultural historian whose work explores the intersection of art, science, and ideas in the early modern world. I specialize in cultural encounters (particularly in the Americas and increasingly in the Pacific), European empires, visual and material culture (cartography, print culture, history of the book, and cabinets of curiosities). I also work on environmental thought and monster studies.
Giants at southern latitudes
Gerard de Jode, map of America (Antwerp, 1576), detail of giants in Patagonia. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division, G5200 1569 .M2 Vault.
Vallard Atlas, 1547 map 12, detail from northeastern Brazil. The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, HM 29. This vignette depicts Tupi people bartering with Norman traders.
Urban life in indigenous America
Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg, Civitates orbis terrarum, 3 vols. (1572-1617), I, f. 58v–59r, view of Cuzco; view of Tenochtitlán. Courtesy of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, J575 B825c / 2-SIZE.