Academic publications

“The Flip Side of the Pharmacopoeia: Sub-Saharan African Poisons and Medicines in the Atlantic World,” in Matthew Crawford and Joseph Gabriel, eds., Drugs on the Page: Pharmacopoeias and Healing Knowledge in the Early Modern Atlantic World (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019). 

“Semedo’s Sixteen Secrets: Tracing Pharmaceutical Networks in the Portuguese Tropics,” in Paula Findlen, ed. Empires of Knowledge: Scientific Networks in the Early Modern World (Routledge, 2019).

“Empires on Drugs: Pharmaceutical Go-Betweens and the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance,” in Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, ed. Entangled Empires: The Anglo-Iberian Atlantic, 1500-1830 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018).

Drugs and Early Modernity,” History Compass, Vol. 15, No. 4 (April, 2017). 

“‘The Elks Are Our Horses’: Animals and Domestication in the New France Borderlands,” The Journal of Early American History,No. 3 (December, 2013), 188-205.

No Man Is an Island: Early Modern Globalization, Knowledge Networks, and George Psalmanazar’s Formosa,”The Journal of Early Modern History, Vol. 17, No. 4 (August, 2013), 391-417.  

“Hybrid Atlantics: Future Directions for the History of the Atlantic World,” History Compass, Vol. 18, No. 8 (August, 2013), 597-609 (with Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra).

Journalism & essays

“Farewell to the Futurians,” for Cabinet (forthcoming late 2019)

“Astral Travels with Jack London,” for The Public Domain Review

“Palm Trees and Potions: on Portuguese Pharmacy Signs,” for The Recipes Project

“Into the Mystic,” for Aeon Magazine

“Lessons from Rare Book School,” for The Paris Review

“Animals in the Archive,” for JSTOR Daily

“The Literature of Laughing Gas” for The Paris Review

“Newton’s Needle” for The Pacific Standard

“The King of the Islands of Refreshment” for The Appendix

“Wizards of the Coast” for The Paris Review

“Yesterday’s Drugs are Tomorrow’s Medicines” for Aeon Magazine

“Victorian Occultism and the Art of Synesthesia” for The Public Domain Review

“A Pirate Surgeon in Panama” for The Appendix

“Meerkats without History: Digging for a Nonhuman Past in the Kalahari” in The Appendix

“The Premodern History of Outer Space” for The Atlantic

Made in Taiwan?” for The Appendix (selected as recommended reading by The New Yorker)

An Eighteenth-Century Book of Magic” for Slate

How Three Illegal Drugs Came to Be” for The Atlantic

“Painting the New World,” for The Public Domain Review


Blog posts

In addition to the articles above, I’ve written approximately 100 blog posts between 2009 and the present.

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The bulk of them belong to my history blog Res Obscura, which is loosely themed around globalization, drugs, medicine and science, and intercultural exchanges in the early modern period. It also has a strong focus on visual culture and art history and has been featured on Radio New Zealand and Slate’s Culture Gabfest.

Read all Res Obscura posts here.
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The Appendix is an online journal of experimental and narrative history that I co-founded along with Christopher Heaney, Felipe Cruz, and Brian Jones in 2012.

Read all Appendix articles and posts here.

Image credt: detail from the “apocalypse” section of Hans Memling’s St. John Alterpiece (1479).