I am currently the postdoctoral instructor at the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights at the University of Chicago.
My work revolves around a seemingly simple question: why do people care (or not care) about the lives, deaths, and sufferings of faraway others? The history of human rights, as I see it, is a history of a global public learning to care (and, just as importantly, learning not to care) about others they don't know, whether down the street or halfway around the world. What makes them care? What makes them stop caring? And how does caring or not caring shape their behavior, their beliefs, their politics? A historian by training, I approach these questions by considering the actors who have transmitted information of the lives, deaths, and sufferings of others to a global public. In my doctoral work, I looked at the forensic scientists who exhumed and investigated mass graves created by conflict and atrocity. In my current project, I am writing about women war correspondents, whose stories helped to change the way news consumers experienced faraway wars and, in doing so, contributed to the rise of human rights consciousness and awareness in western publics in the 1970s and 1990s. I earned my Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Berkeley and previously served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
My writing has appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Atlas Obscura, Salon and KQED. An article on forensic science and Holocaust prosecutions will be published in Holocaust and Genocide Studies in winter 2018.