I am a cultural historian specializing in science, visual and material culture, and in the entangled connections between Europe and the wider world, particularly the Americas. My research 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 work 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.
I worked as a curator at The British Library during my doctoral research, and then held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (2009-2012) at Birkbeck College, University of London. From 2012-18 I taught at Western Connecticut State University. I was awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor in 2018, after which I left WCSU in order to continue to develop as a researcher and writer. In 2018-19, I shall be taking up fellowships at Brown, Johns Hopkins, and Utrecht Universities. I look forward to what faculty opportunities might open up in their wake!
When I am not poking around universities, libraries, museums or archives, I may be experimenting with sourdough cultures or with jazz piano riffs.