I am an environmental historian of China and the world. My research also wades into the history of science and technology and the history of ethnicity. I am currently writing the manuscript for a book tentatively titled The Rooted State: Agrarian Nationalism at China’s Tibetan Frontier that draws connections between agrarian ideology, environmental practice, and ethnic relations in the highlands of eastern Tibet during the early twentieth century. I am beginning research toward a second book on the history of atmospheric science. Both my first and second book projects stem from an interest in the relationship between agriculture and nationalism in the modern world, particularly as these “-isms” pertain to everyday life.
I love teaching history. As of fall 2019 I teach part-time at both Wesley College and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.