I am a cultural historian who studies the entwined histories of art and science. I use the study of visual and material culture to reveal the ways in which humans have defined what counts as “natural.”

My deep interest in the intersection of material culture and the natural world let me pursue a BA in history of art and visual culture from UC Santa Cruz, an MA in the history of decorative arts, design, and culture from the Bard Graduate Center, and a PhD in the history of science at Yale University. I have taught courses at Vanderbilt University, and held a number of professional positions at art institutions, including the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and The Art Loss Register.

I grew up on the central coast of California and currently reside in San Francisco, where I serve as Assistant Adjust Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at UCSF.

Image: Design for Wallpaper by Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1881.
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