I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the History Department at Duke University.  At Duke, I study how societies define and regulate uncertain risks. In particular, I focus on how those regulations have changed over time, and how different perceptions of risk impact global trade flows.

I am writing a dissertation that focuses on just one type of risk: the hazards of unsafe food. But what makes food “safe” or unsafe? Who decides? And what are the consequences of those decisions?  As a historian, I try to understand how regulators, businesses, and consumers have thought about these questions in the past by using a mix of archival records, newspapers, government and other public documents, and oral history interviews.

In 2019-2020, I am a John E. Rovensky Fellow in U.S. Business and Economic History.  I am also grateful for support from the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation, the Eisenhower Foundation, the Rethinking Regulation Program at Duke University, and the Environmental Health Scholars Program at Duke University.


For a copy of my CV and contact information, click here.

For a full description of my academic background and research interests, click here.

In Spring 2019, I taught an undergraduate class on regulation.  Read more about that here.

Are you looking for a researcher?  Perhaps you need someone with extensive experience navigating a variety of institutional and government records, or someone who knows how to conduct an oral history project? Let’s talk.