Doctoral Candidate

Entered 2014


M.A. Anthropology, Brandeis University
B.A. Art History and Anthropology, Temple University


Broadly speaking, I am interested in relationships fostered between humans and nonhuman animals and how these relationships have changed understandings of health, technology, and the environment.  My dissertation project explores the history of animal nutrition science and the animal feed industry to better understand current political debates about human, animal, and environmental health. The project will trace these intricacies found in American food systems, and how these systems rely on and transform non-human bodies and landscapes. 

At Brandeis University, my Master's thesis analyzed how nutritionists promoted farm management practices to Amish farmers which encouraged more personable relationships with dairy cattle.  Using ethnographic research from Pennsylvania, I argued these new understandings of cattle persuaded Amish farmers to reevaluate the role of agricultural technologies within their community. The Amish will be addressed briefly in the current dissertation, and the community continues to frame my theoretical explorations about the non-human world.

For the 2018 - 2019 academic year, I was a graduate student fellow at the Wolf Humanities Center Forum on Stuff. I recently completed the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program with the National Museum of American History, where I was also awarded a Lemelson Center Fellowship

Research Interests

Agricultural sciences, animal science, anthropological methods and ethnography, environmental history, genetically-modified organisms, history of medicine, nutrition science, political ecology, STS.


Selected Work

 “Restoring Eden in the Amish Anthropocene.” Environmental Humanities 11, no. 1 (2019): 72-100.

The Armsby Respiration Calorimeter.” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 142, no. 3 (2018): 393-396.

Courses Taught


Science and Religion, Environment and Human Values

Teaching Assistant

Environment and Society, Technology and Society, History of Medicine, Global Health and Societies, Introduction to the Comparative Study of Human Societies, Human Origins, Evolution of Cultures

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