About Me

About Me

I am a historian, writer, and consultant 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 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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Recent Media

Recent Media

Can old coffee cause yellow fever?, WHYY The Pulse


#HistChem Webcast Interview, "How we learned to stop worrying and love the zombie apocalypse." Full interview | Video Highlights | Audio Highlights and Commentary


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Upcoming Talks

Upcoming Talks

"Reinventing the Safe Period: The Contested History of Fertility Charting," Percy Skuy Lecture, Dittrick Medical History Center, April 9, 2015