Doctoral Candidate

Entered 2014

330 Claudia Cohen Hall



M.A, Columbia University
B.A., George Washington University


My dissertation compares the anatomical collections of Guillaume Dupuytren (1777-1835) in Paris and Willem Vrolik (1801-1863) in Amsterdam. I examine how their collections of 'monstrous' human bodies represent divergent 18th century beliefs about the processes of generation and scientific interpretations of strange, 'imperfect' bodies. These museums serve as an entry point to examining the webs of relationships between the material body, the politics of human difference, and larger cosmologies of nature which united the history of mountains with the development of embryos. 

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 currently work as a docent at the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia. I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Macedonia from 2008 until 2010. There, my primary project was acting as the Program Coordinator for a nationwide leadership program for high school girls. In addition to the endurance sport of doctoral study, I also enjoy long course triathlon. 

In 2017-2018, I am a Fellow with the Wolf Humanities Center for their exploration of Afterlives.

Research Interests

museum studies; embryology; material culture; biology; history of the life sciences; semiotics; medical collecting; disability studies; teratology; anatomy; public history; history of race; taxonomy; posthumanism

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