Graduate Student

Entered 2016

Claudia Cohen Hall 332
Office Hours: Thursdays 10:00-12:00 or by appointment


M.A. Public History, University of South Carolina

B.A. History, Samford University

I grew up in North Alabama and since then have lived in Birmingham, Columbia, and now South Philadelphia. My professional background is in museums and special collections libraries. I worked in various capacities at McKissick Museum, the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library, Moving Image Research Collections, and the National Museum of American History. While at Penn, I am also working towards a Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. Outside of school, I tend a small garden, take care of a couple of cats, and try to fit some novels and poetry into my reading schedule.

Research Interests

I am interested in plants and history, ranging from farming to gardening to botanizing. As American botanist William J. Robbins liked to remind people, "Without plants, we would starve to death, die of suffocation and expire from a combination of deficiency diseases." Since starting at Penn, the scope of my research has gradually moved from the twentieth-century United States back into early modern Europe. I am currently looking at the role that gardens and gardening played at the intersection of science, religion, and magic in Renaissance England.

Key interests: botany, horticulture, and agriculture; science and early modern literature; early modern Christianity; alchemy and magic

Selected Work

“Modernity and Its Malcontents: or, Why Make Fun of the Puritans?” (guest blog post), U.S. Intellectual History Blog, Society for U.S. Intellectual History, April 2, 2017.

“What Do Film Archivists Do All Day? What Are These Strange Terms They Use?” (guest blog post), MIRC Blog, Moving Image Research Collections, University of South Carolina Libraries, March 21, 2016.

Courses Taught

Teaching Assistant, Emergence of Modern Science, Dr. Jessica Martucci (Fall 2017)

Faculty Bookshelf