I am a Lecturer and the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of History at the University of Chicago.
My current book project is a global history of forensic work after atrocity, from the Second World War to the breakup of Yugoslavia. Told through the lived experience of human rights practitioners, it reinterprets their work as discrete acts of care for their fellow humans, living and dead. And it argues for a more expansive definition of human rights, one that recognizes care as a priority, alongside goals that might seem loftier, like justice or deterrence.
My work, in this book and beyond it, seeks to understand the intersection of care and human rights: why did humans care about the suffering of other humans, humans they did not know? Why did they not care? And when, how, and why did that care translate into political (or other) action? My writing—on human rights and care, as well as food, culture, and gender—has recently appeared in History Workshop, the Chicago Tribune, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Atlas Obscura. An article closely connected to the topic of this book, on forensic science, human rights, and memory, is forthcoming in the journal Holocaust and Genocide Studies in winter 2018.
I earned my Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Berkeley and previously held two postdoctoral fellowships, at the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights at the University of Chicago and at the United States Military Academy at West Point.