I am a cultural historian specializing in science, visual and material culture, and the entangled connections between Europe and the wider world, particularly the Americas. I was educated at the University of Cambridge and was awarded a Ph.D. by the Warburg Institute, University of London. My research and teaching interests include exploration, empires and colonialism, collecting and display, monstrosity, the history of anthropology from antiquity to the nineteenth century, and the history of mentalities c.1400-1800. My research has been generously supported by the John Carter Brown Library, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Library of Congress, the Newberry Library, the American Historical Association, the American Philosophical Society, and the Leverhulme Trust.
Before moving to the US, where I am currently assistant professor of history at Western Connecticut State University, I was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London. During my doctoral research, I was also a curator at The British Library. I am a Founding Editor of the new book series Maps, Spaces, Cultures (Brill).
When I am not poking around universities, libraries, museums or archives, I may be experimenting with sourdough cultures or with jazz piano riffs.