About Me

About Me

I am a writer, editor, and historian living in Philadelphia. I am currently a fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, where I am researching the history of chemistry sets as part of a new project on the historical lives of girls’ toys. I am also the Managing Editor of Somatosphere, a journal of the medical humanities.


I consult widely on historical projects, give lectures to general audiences and academics, and think a lot about what we are all learning about technology from TV. I am also the founder and host of Making Up Technology, a podcast devoted to the history of technology launching in 2015.


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Upcoming Talks

Upcoming Talks

Seeing Like a Zombie: Fertility, Bureaucracy, and the End of the World, Zom Con: The Great Works Symposium at Drexel University, April 14, 2015.


Bringing Science Down to the Level of Boys: Chemistry Sets, the American Future, and Making Meaning out of Science Using the Technological Systems of Toys, Brown Bag Lecture Series, Chemical Heritage Foundation, May 19, 2015.