I am a historian of Britain and early America, specializing in art and material objects from the early modern period to the beginning of the nineteenth century. I received both my BA (Honours with Distinction) and my MA in Art History and Visual Studies from the University of Victoria and hold an MA in History from William & Mary. I am currently working on my dissertation project which explores the role that material objects played in changing conceptions of time in the long-eighteenth century.
My work has been supported by numerous museums, institutions, and funding bodies including the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture (OI), the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), the Decorative Arts Trust, the American Philosophical Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Hagley Museum & Library, the North American Conference of British Studies, and the Mid-Atlantic Conference of British Studies (MACBS). In the 2021-22 academic year, I am a Dissertation Fellow at Winterthur Museum, Library & Gardens.
I have held research, curatorial, and digital humanities positions at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Georgian Papers Programme, and the Royal British Columbia Museum. I have published public history pieces for the Magazine of the Decorative Arts Trust and my digital humanities essays have appeared on Uncommon Sense – The Blog and the Georgian Papers Programme blog.
I have experience in higher education teaching and assessment. I taught at the undergraduate level at the University of Victoria in the department of Art History & Visual Studies and at the College of William & Mary in the History department. Most recently I developed and taught “The World of Goods: Consumer Cultures 1750-1950” which explored the development of consumer society in Britain, the United States, and Canada.
Header Image: Panel of Chinese wallpaper, about 1750 – 1800, China, Victoria & Albert Museum