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, environmental humanities, and science studies.

My research background and publications are interdisciplinary as well.  Animal studies is my home, and I write about agriculture, animals, and science in mostly equine contexts.

My co-edited collection (with Gala Argent), The Relational Horse: How Frameworks of Communication, Care, Politics, and Power Reveal and Conceal Equine Selves, published in the Human-Animal Studies series at Brill, is now available: https://brill.com/view/title/61334.   It includes my chapter, “Is it Sex if the Veterinarian Does the Work? The Problem of Pleasure in Multispecies Sexual Labor,” among many brilliant contributions across disciplines, time periods, and horse cultures.

I am also currently writing Locust for Reaktion Books’ Animal Series, which is an agricultural, cultural, and scientific/technological history of the non-mammalian bent.

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

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



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.

“How to Make a Horse Have an Orgasm,” in Living With Animals: Bonds Across Species, ed. Natalie Porter and Ilana Gershon, Cornell University Press (2018).  Find in CORE.

Blog Posts

  • Hello world! (Science and Technology Studies (STS), 2018-06-28)


Book project: Locust, Reaktion Books.




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