As of July 2019, I will be acting as the Graduate Student IT Assistant. History faculty and staff are invited to contact me with any departmental news. I’m happy to post announcements for you, or to assist you in posting them yourself.
I investigate the connections between the late Victorian British Empire and the development of queer identities in the metropole. I argue that travel, domesticity, consumerism, socialism, and literary/artistic movements mediated between the imperial world and an increasingly coherent cluster of fin-de-siècle queer sensibilities. The empire mattered to queerness, and vice versa.
I consider myself a cultural historian of gender and sexuality, and my methods draw on the fields of literary studies, queer theory, and art history. I am a member of the History Department’s Gender and Sexualities Research Cluster.
Primary advisor: Erika Rappaport
“Cotton, Hattie Elizabeth.” In Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States. Forthcoming.
“Darling, Mary Elizabeth.” In Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States. Forthcoming.
“Imaging the Criminal Body: ‘Faces of Meth’ and Galton’s Composite Photographs,” in Before-and-After Photography: Histories and Contexts, ed. Jordan Bear and Kate Palmer Albers (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017), 43-56.
Teaching Assistant, History 2A: World History, Prehistory-1000, Winter 2020
Teaching Assistant, History 2B: World History, 1000-1700, Fall 2019
Teaching Assistant, History 4C: History of Modern Europe, 1715-Present, Spring 2019
Teaching Assistant, History 2B: World History, c.1000-c.1800, Winter 2019
Teaching Assistant, History 2C: World History, 1700-Present, Fall 2018
Teaching Assistant, History 4B: Western Civilization, 1050-1715, Summer Session B 2018
Teaching Assistant, History 4C: Europe and the Crisis of Modernity, 1715-Present, Spring 2018
Teaching Assistant, Black Studies/History 49A: Survey of African History, Prehistory-1800, Winter 2018
Teaching Assistant, History 88: South Asian History, Fall 2017
Awards & Professional Activities:
Pillars of TAship Certificate, UCSB Instructional Development, 2020
Nominee, UCSB Academic Senate Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, 2020
Member, Community Relations Committee, UCSB Department of History, 2019
Panel chair, “Queer Colonials: Male Same-Sex Sexuality, Intimacy, and Desire Across the British Empire Before 1850” at QHC 2019, San Francisco State University, June 2019
Member, North American Victorian Studies Association since 2020
Member, Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender History since 2019
Member, North American Conference on British Studies since 2019
Guest lectures at UCSB:
Ancient Greek Sex and the Development of Gay Identities, February 13, 2020
Great Zimbabwe: Southern African State Formation (c. 1000-c. 1500) and its Misinterpretations (1871-?), February 20, 2018; February 21, 2019; November 7, 2019
New Imperialism and the Great War, October 22, 2018
New Imperialism: More Than a Political System, May 2, 2019