Doctoral Candidate

Entered 2014

330 Claudia Cohen Hall



M.A, Columbia University
B.A., George Washington University


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, 'monstrous' bodies in nature and society.

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. I will also be a Junior Fellow at the Descartes Center (Universiteit Utrecht) in early 2019.

Research Interests

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

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