I am a book historian who studies material aspects of intellectual practices in early modern Europe. Through January 2022, I am a Predoctoral Fellow in the research group “Visualizing Science in Media Revolutions” at the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max-Planck Institute for Art History in Rome. My interest in text–image relationships developed during my MA in the History of Art at the University of York (2016), where I wrote a dissertation on three sixteenth-century historical tables. I was a Pforzheimer Fellow with the Harvard Map Collection in 2018, and I traveled to Antwerp to conduct research at the Museum Plantin-Moretus and Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library with a Nottebohm grant (2019). At Harvard, I have served as a student organizer for the Early Modern Workshop and the Harvard-Yale Graduate Conference in Book History. I earned a BA in History with a minor in Jewish Studies from the University of California, Berkeley (2015).


“Structuring Information: Printed Tables as Organizing Tools in Early Modern Europe”

My dissertation addresses the production and reception of this ubiquitous and ostensibly timeless diagrammatic form to destabilize assumptions about the table as a tool of information management and visual communication.

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