My dissertation examines the intersection between embryology, disability, and natural history between 1780-1850. It comparatively uses the anatomical collections of Guillaume Dupuytren (1777-1835) in Paris and Willem Vrolik (1801-1863) in Amsterdam to access divergent scientific beliefs about the processes of generation and the meaning of anomalous, 'imperfect' bodies.
Prior to coming to Penn, I completed a master's degree in Museum Anthropology at Columbia University. I have worked as a docent at the Museum of Mathematics in New York, and currently work as a docent at the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia. I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Macedonia from 2008 until 2010. In addition to the endurance sport of doctoral study, I also enjoy long course triathlon.
I will be in Amsterdam on a Fulbright Award in 2018-2019 working with Dr. Manon Parry at the University of Amsterdam and Dr. Laurens de Rooy at Museum Vrolik. In 2017-2018, I was a Fellow with the Wolf Humanities Center for their exploration of Afterlives.
museum studies; embryology; material culture; biology; history of the life sciences; semiotics; medical collecting; disability studies; teratology; anatomy; public history; history of race; taxonomy; posthumanism