I am a Lecturer in Liberal Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Cal State-LA, where I teach courses on interdisciplinary research and writing, and science studies.

My research background and publications are interdisciplinary as well.  I write about agriculture, animals, and science in mostly equine contexts.  I am also currently writing Locust for Reaktion Books’ Animal Series, which is agricultural and scientific/technological history of the non-mammalian bent.

I also host a podcast!  It’s called The Range.  It is produced by me and Foodways Texas in Austin, and its little sweet episodes about Texas food and agricultural history are available on iTunes.

And, I write for food publications about food history, logistics, and cultures, with a particular focus on animal, agricultural, and science topics.  Check out my latest here.

Interdisciplinarity rules my personal interests as well: I am a horse crazy, greyhound-loving succulent enthusiast.

I recently relocated from Austin, TX to Long Beach, CA.



B.A., English, Vassar College 2005

M.A., American Studies, University of Texas at Austin 2009

Ph.D., American Studies, University of Texas at Austin 2015

Other Publications

Materia Medica: Technology, Vaccination, and Antivivisection in Jazz Age Philadelphia. American Quarterly vol. 65, no. 3: 575-594. September 2013.  Find in CORE.

“Dead Horses.” The End of Austin, Issue 5.  Find here.

“Animal Sex Work.” CASTAC (Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing) blog.  Find here.

“From Hoof to Highway,” Food + City Magazine 3.  Find in print or here.

“Pageants, Po-Boys, and Pork on a Stick: Documenting the Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival,” Southern Cultures Spring 2018 issue.  Find in CORE or here.

“A Question of Sex: Cloning, Culture, and Legitimacy Among American Quarter Horses,” in Humanimalia Fall 2018.  Find in CORE or here.


Book project: Locust, Reaktion Books.  Long behind deadline and writing furiously as we speak.

Other upcoming book chapters and articles:

“How to Make a Horse Have an Orgasm,” in How To Do Things With Animals, ed. Natalie Porter and Ilana Gershon, Cornell University Press (in press for Fall 2018).

“Is it Sex if the Veterinarian Does the Work? The Problem of Pleasure in Multispecies Sexual Labor,” in Horses and Power, ed. Angela Hofstetter and Gala Argent, Oxford University Press (under review).



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