I grew up in Michigan and got my undergraduate degree there. Since then, I’ve lived and done research in many places, including Spain, Argentina, and Chile. Before coming to Western, I was based in Ithaca, New York, where I completed my graduate work. When I’m not here, I’m probably in Michigan, Colombia, or trying to get to my research sites in Argentina and Chile.
My teaching revolves around Latin American history. I regularly teach Latin American history I & II. In those courses, we focus on the common history of Latin America and the struggles that have shaped its social development and its diverse cultures. We also emphasize listening to different historical ‘voices’ from Latin America through not just written documents, but also art, music, video, and film. I have taught an upper-level seminar on my areas of research, namely nineteenth-century Latin America in a global context. I’m currently developing an upper-level courses on the integrated history of the Americas over the last 200 years.
My research interests involve the intersection of social history, historical geography, history of technology and environment, and political economy. My current project examines the historical evolution of a mountainous region between Argentina and Chile in the mid-nineteenth century by focusing on the movement of people and things across those mountains in the context of political upheaval, technological change, and reorientations in the global economy. Broadly, this research allows individuals’ creation of lived geographies to inform how we understand global structural changes. This research has been supported generously by numerous institutions, including the Social Science Research Council and the Fulbright.