My dissertation examines the intersection between embryology, disability, and natural history between 1697-1849. I focus on anatomical collections of preserved "monstrous births" with an eye toward how anomalous bodies were understood to speak to the organization and mechanisms of a larger nature and the consequences of these scientific rationalizations on the socio-political identity of those living in "monstrous" bodies.
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 the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia. I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Macedonia from 2008 until 2010.
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. In early 2019, I will be a Junior Research Fellow at the Descartes Center (Universiteit Utrecht).
museum studies; embryology; midwifery; material culture; biology; life sciences; medical collecting; disability studies; teratology; anatomy; public history; taxonomy; posthumanism