I am currently a Project Historian at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.  In 2018-2019, I was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wolf Humanities Center.

 My research, teaching and museum work focus on United States history, material culture, race, gender, military history and the politics of everyday life.  My book manuscript,“The Fabric of War: Clothing, Culture and Violence in the American Civil War Era,” is situated at the intersection of these fields. You can read more about my research at the Organization of American Historian’s Process: a blog for american history. 

I was awarded my Ph.D. by the Department of History at the University of Chicago. I earned an M.A. in American Material Culture from the Winterthur Program at the University of Delaware and a B.A. with Distinction in History from Yale University.