My research interests encompass culture, technoscience, capitalism, and bureaucracy, and my scholarship examines the production and circulation of knowledge in the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century United States. My first book, Looking Forward: Prediction and Uncertainty in Modern America (University of Chicago Press, 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 investigation in the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century United States.
- 512:104 Development of US II
- 512:235 Accidents and Disasters in the U.S. and the World
- 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 and Nature
- “‘A Tornado is Coming!’: Counterfeiting and Commercializing Weather Forecasts from the Gilded Age to the New Era,” Journal of American History, forthcoming Dec. 2018.
- Looking Forward: Prediction and Uncertainty in Modern America (University of Chicago Press, 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, 2012).
- “U.S. Weather Bureau Chief Willis Moore and the Reimagination of Uncertainty in Long-Range Forecasting,” Environment and History 17 (2011): 79-105.
- Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Best Article Prize, 2018
- School of Arts and Sciences Award for Distinguished Contribution to Undergraduate Education, 2018
- Digital Humanities Seed Grant, Rutgers Digital Humanities Initiative, 2016-17
- 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
- Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era