I graduated from UT with a PhD in American Studies in 2015.  I now work as a Lecturer in the Liberal Studies Department at Cal State-LA, and for Foodways Texas, housed at UT, as an oral historian and podcast producer.  Check out our initial episode of The Range, A Foodways Texas Podcast, on iTunes and anywhere you get your podcasts. I write for food publications about food history, logistics, and cultures, with a particular focus on animal, agricultural, and science topics. I live in Long Beach, CA.  


B.A., English, Correlate in History, Vassar College M.A., American Studies, University of Texas at Austin Ph.D., American Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Other Publications

Materia Medica: Technology, Vaccination, and Antivivisection in Jazz Age Philadelphia. American Quarterly vol. 65, no. 3: 575-594. September 2013. “Dead Horses.” The End of Austin, Issue 5: https://endofaustin.com/2014/05/22/dead-horses/ “Animal Sex Work.” CASTAC (Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing) blog: http://blog.castac.org/2016/06/animal-sex-work/ “A Matter of Meat and Democracy: A Crisis in Veterinary Public Health.” University of Minnesota Program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine blog: http://minnesotahstm.blogspot.com/2015/03/a-matter-of-meat-and-democracy-crisis.html “Beasts of Burden: Food Movers,” Food + City Magazine 2, January 2017: https://www.foodandcity.org/digital/2017/2/3/beasts-of-burden “From Hoof to Highway,” Food + City Magazine 3.  Find in print or here.  


The Range Podcast Season 1’s episodes are coming!  Listen to the launch, “Beans,” on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.  Follow us on Twitter @TheRangePod to see our oral histories and adventures as we record voices across Texas. Episode 2 focuses on ranching and the unique history and challenges of raising Texas beef. Episode 3 will focus on the intersecting histories of refugees and food in Texas. Future episodes will delve into the Gulf shrimping industry and the blurry borders between Texas, Louisiana, and other distinct but linked Gulf cultures.  Stay tuned!!

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