I am an historian of early modern science, medicine, and globalization and an Assistant Professor at UC Santa Cruz. Through December 2017, I’m based in NYC as a member of the Society of Fellows at Columbia University. 

My research explores the connections between European and non-European societies in the early modern era (c. 1500-1800), with a focus on the Portuguese and British empires. I’m currently writing a book on the origins of the global drug trade and am thinking about writing a second one about the intersections between technology, magic, and globalization during the Enlightenment. I’ve also published peer-reviewed journal articles on an eighteenth-century impostor and the role of animals in the North American interior, and co-authored a historiographic essay on Atlantic history.

I enjoy writing for popular audiences, and have contributed to The Paris Review DailyThe AtlanticSlate, Aeon, The Pacific StandardThe Chronicle of Higher Education, and Public Domain ReviewI also maintain Res Obscura, a blog about early modern history, and was the co-founder of The Appendix, a journal of experimental and narrative history.

You can find me on Twitter at @ResObscura.


Page proofs of my articles are available on academia.edu. Click the titles below to read them.

“The Elks Are Our Horses”: Animals and Domestication in the New France Borderlands

Published in The Journal of Early American History, Winter, 2013.

No Man Is an Island: Early Modern Globalization, Knowledge Networks, and George Psalmanazar’s Formosa

Published in The Journal of Early Modern History, Fall, 2013.

Hybrid Atlantics: Future Directions for the History of the Atlantic World (with Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra)

Published in History Compass, Summer, 2013.

Portugal, Early Modern Globalization and the Origins of the Global Drug Trade

Published in Perspectives on Europe, Spring, 2012.