I am an historian of science, technology, and globalization and an Assistant Professor at UC Santa Cruz. My research explores the connections between European and non-European societies in the early modern era (c. 1500-1800 CE), 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 technology and magic 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 historiographic essays on Atlantic history and drugs and modernity.
I sometimes write for non-academic 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 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.
You can read page proofs of my articles via the links below:
Published in The Journal of Early American History, Winter, 2013.
Published in History Compass, Summer, 2013.