I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Lyon G. Tyler Department of History at the College of William and Mary. I hold a B.A. in History from the University of Central Florida (summa cum laude, 2008) and an M.A. in U.S. History from the College of William and Mary (2011). I specialize in the fields of intellectual history and the history of the book.
My dissertation examines the material and social practices of intellectual labor and their impact on health and the body in the years between the settlement of British North America and 1850. Located at the intersection of the life of the mind and the history of the body, it aims to contribute, not only to the field of intellectual history, but to the fields of book history and the social history of knowledge.
With interests as well in the history of media and communication and cultures of historical knowledge and information, I am working separately on a project on Thomas Prince (1687-1758; Harvard, 1707), the book collector, antiquarian, historian, and minister (1717-1758) to Boston’s Third (Old South) Church, that focuses on his role in shaping the historical culture of early New England.