Featured Course (Fall 2018)
HIST 3104: Britain in the Age of Industry and Empire, 1815-1914
For most of the century that spanned the defeat of Napoleon and the outbreak of the First World War, Britain possessed the largest industrial economy and the biggest empire that the world had ever seen. Yet London, which became the imperial capital to a quarter of the world’s people, also nurtured radicals who sought to overturn these very changes. This course explores this dynamic by focusing on three interconnected themes in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century-Britain: technological and environmental change, culture, and imperialism. In addition to reading recent scholarship and watching films, students will work with historical newspapers, magazines, and other primary sources to develop their own interpretations of this fascinating period.
Selected Publications (click for links)
Waste into Weapons: Recycling in Britain during the Second World War (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Shortlisted, 2017 Turku Book Award, Environmental Society for European History and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society.
Roundtable review of Finn Arne Jørgensen, Making a Green Machine: The Infrastructure of Beverage Container Recycling (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2011), H-Environment Roundtable Reviews 3, no. 2 (2013).
Modern Britain, environmental history, and the history of science, technology, and medicine.
Courses Taught in 2018
HIST 3001/5001: Britain’s Layered Pasts: Study Abroad (Spring 2018)
HIST 3104: Britain in the Age of Industry and Empire, 1815-1914 (Fall 2018)
HIST 3091: Spies, Sexism, & Surveillance: The Cold War through Film (Summer 2018)
HIST 4001/5001: Sexuality in Modern Europe (Fall 2018)
LBST 2102: Global Connections: The Paradoxical 20th Century (Summer 2018)
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000.
B.A., Carleton College, 1991.