B.A. History, Columbia University
M.Phil History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
History of the earth sciences, early modern globalization, Southeast Asia, minerals, cross-cultural trade, K-12 education
I work on the relationship between global commerce and the earth sciences in the early modern period, with a focus on the trade in mineral commodities between Europe and Southeast Asia. A case-study of the role of precious stones in facilitating both commerce and natural philosophy appears in Gems in the Early Modern World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).
In addition to my research, I am particularly interested in the role history of science, technology, and medicine play in both history and science education. Currently I am one of the co-ordinators if the Science Beyond the West working group, which meets regularly to discuss issues of pedagogy, historiography, methods and sources.
"The Impact of European Trade with Southeast Asia on the Mineralogical Studies of Robert Boyle," in Michael Bycroft and Sven Dupré eds. Gems in the Early Modern World: Materials, Knowledge and Global Trade, 1450–1800. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, 87-116
Co-authored with Pamela Smith, Tianna Uchacz, and Naomi Rosenkranz, “The Making of Empirical Knowledge: A Case Study,” in Jonathan Gray and Martin Paul Eve eds. Old Traditions and New Technologies: The Pasts, Presents, and Futures of Open Scholarly Communications. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. (In Press)