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 Daily, The Atlantic, Slate, Aeon, The Pacific Standard, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Public Domain Review. I 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.
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
Hybrid Atlantics: Future Directions for the History of the Atlantic World (with Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra)
Published in History Compass, Summer, 2013.
Published in Perspectives on Europe, Spring, 2012.