I am an A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities, with joint teaching appointments at the History Department and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. I study the histories of science, technology, and the environment during the Cold War. My current book project examines the rise of a system of waste in orbit around the planet. I explore how different communities on the ground came to see the nearest regions of outer space as a natural global environment at risk, and negotiated new forms of international governance to protect it from anthropogenic degradation. I teach courses in global environmental history and the history of technology.
- Ph.D., History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania
- M.A., History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania
- B.A., English and Astronomy, Barnard College
- “Beyond the Biosphere: Expanding the Limits of the Human World.” In Living in the Anthropocene: Humanity in the Age of Humans, W. John Kress and Jeffrey K. Stine, eds. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, forthcoming Fall 2017.
- With Dave Baiocchi. Good Seeing: Best Practices for Sustainable Operations at the Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing Site. (Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2016).
- “The Case for Female Astronauts: Reproducing Americans in the Final Frontier.” The Appendix 2 no. 3 (July 2014).
- History 229: Global Environmental History