I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Lyon G. Tyler Department of History at the College of William and Mary. A historian of early America, I specialize in the fields of intellectual and cultural history, the history of the book, the history of education, and the history of medicine and the body.
I am currently writing my dissertation, “The Life of the Mind and the History of the Body: Intellectual Work in Early America,” which explores the ways in which the life of the mind in early America was bound up with the discourse of health and the body. In the dissertation, I explore the various means by which Americans sought either to resolve, challenge, or maintain the perceived distinction between mind and body, which in turn served to mark the boundaries of race, class, gender, and religious orthodoxy. I am particularly interested in the ways in which Americans have grappled with overwork and the fears and anxieties surrounding excessive intellectual commitment.