University of Wisconsin–Madison


I study cultural forms of political dissent in the twentieth-century United States. My dissertation explores contested ideas of American “folk” in art, music, politics, and the academy. I ask when a robust concept of American “folk” was important, to whom it was important, and why. My project coincides with larger questions about the construction of American identity, the development of professional social science, and the possibility of radical forms of dissent outside the realm of what is conventionally considered “political.”


B.A., Brandeis University, 2010


  • U.S. Intellectual and Cultural History

MA Title

  • “‘Repossessing the Past’: Perry Miller’s American Renaissance”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Keeping America Weird: Folk and Imagination 1927-1967”


  • Briscoe Center for American History at UT Austin, Smith Travel Grant, 2014
  • Creative Teaching Award, History Department, Spring 2013
  • Honored Instructor Award, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014
  • Fall 2013 Phillip Loring Allen Fellowship, awarded to one incoming graduate student, UW-Madison, 2010
  • University Fellowship, UW-Madison, five-year fellowship awarded Fall 2010
  • Phi Beta Kappa, inducted Spring 2010

Courses Taught as TA

  • Jews in American Popular Culture, Spring 2014
  • American History From Contact to the 1860, Fall 2013
  • Intellectual History of Your Parents’ Generation, Spring 2013
  • American Jewish History, Fall 2012
  • Slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction, Spring 2013
  • American History 1865-Present, Fall 2011