Broadly speaking, I am interested in relationships fostered between humans and non-human 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 farm management practices were being promoted by nutritionists to Amish farmers; encouraging 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 2017 - 2018 academic year, I am a graduate student fellow for the Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities.
Agricultural sciences, animal science, anthropological methods and ethnography, environmental history, genetically-modified organisms, history of medicine, nutrition science, political ecology, STS.