Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
A.B. Brown University
At Rutgers since 2010
311 Van Dyck Hall
I am an historian of the nineteenth-century United States with interests in culture, technoscience, knowledge infrastructures, capitalism, and bureaucracy. My research has focused on the production and circulation of knowledge about the future and how forecasting practices and ideas about uncertainty shaped each other. My first book, Looking Forward: Prediction and Uncertainty in Modern America (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2017), is a history of forecasting that explores how the routinized predictions of everyday life functioned as tools for risk management as late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century Americans came to believe in the promise and accept the limitations of predicting the future. My current research explores paperwork, bureaucracy, and knowledge production in American detective agencies.
- 512:104 Development of US II
- 512:304 The Forging of Modern America, 1880-1920
- 512:329 Technology and Nature in American History
- 510:535 Graduate Colloquium in the History of Technology
- Looking Forward: Prediction and Uncertainty in Modern America (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2017).
- "Hurricanes, Crops, and Capital: The Meteorological Infrastructure of American Empire in the West Indies," Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 15, no. 4 (2016): 418-45.
- “‘Cotton Guessers’: Crop Forecasters and the Rationalizing of Uncertainty in American Cotton Markets, 1890-1905,” in The Rise of Marketing and Market Research, eds. Hartmut Berghoff and Uwe Spiekermann (Palgrave, forthcoming, 2012).
- “U.S. Weather Bureau Chief Willis Moore and the Reimagination of Uncertainty in Long-Range Forecasting,” Environment and History 17 (2011): 79-105.
- American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellow, 2010-12
- Visiting Scholar, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, 2009-10
- American Association of University Women American Dissertation Fellowship, 2007-2008
- Joan Cahalin Robinson Prize, Society for the History of Technology, 2004
- American Historical Association
- Business History Conference
- Organization of American Historians
- History of Science Society
- Society for the History of Technology