I am a historian of early North America, and a Postdoctoral Fellow in History and the Digital Humanities at the University of Southern California. I received my PhD in History with a designated emphasis in Science and Technology Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in August 2019. My current book project explores how small Indigenous nations across North America exploited imperial transitions to defend land as property in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I am also at work on a digital companion to the book project, using GIS to examine how Indigenous property has been mapped and measured.
I am broadly interested in early North America, law and legal regimes across empires, the Atlantic and Pacific Worlds, the history of Women and Gender, and the history of cartography. My work is also marked by interdisciplinary engagements with Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) and Science and Technology Studies (STS). I have also worked on a number of digital and public-facing projects, including the digital mapping of a slave conspiracy in 1790s Louisiana, and a comprehensive digital atlas of Indigenous history and culture for the State of California.
My research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Society for Legal History, the Huntington Library, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Harvard Economic History Project, the Bancroft Library, the Louisiana Historical Association, and many others.