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Early modern world history, particularly the history of the tropics; early modern globalization and the slave trade; Spanish and Portuguese empires; history of drugs and poisons; early modern science, medicine, and technology; magic in a cross-cultural context.
Biography, Education and Training
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, May 2015.
Honors, Awards and Grants
Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Fellowship, Columbia University 2015-2016
Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Critical Bibliography, 2014-16
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2014-15
Dissertation Fellow, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2013-14
Fulbright fellowship to Portugal, 2011-2012
“Empires on Drugs: Materia Medica and the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance,” in Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, ed. Entangled Histories and Severed Archives: The Anglo-Iberian Atlantic, 1500-1830 (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming 2017).
Selected popular writing:
“Palm Trees and Potions: On Portuguese Pharmacy Signs,” The Recipes Project, July, 2016.
"Into the Mystic," Aeon Magazine, 2015.
“Victorian Occultism and the Art of Synesthesia,” in The Public Domain Review, 2014.
"The King of the Islands of Refreshment" in The Appendix, 2014.
"The Literature of Laughing Gas," in The Paris Review, 2014.
"The Pre-Modern History of Outer Space," in The Atlantic, 2013.
- Early modern science, medicine, and technology
- History of the Iberian peninsula and of the Spanish and Portuguese empires
- History of drugs and poisons
- Travel writing of the 17th and 18th centuries
- History of magic