Personal Statement:

I study the relationship between technology, labor, and public policy in the twentieth century United States. Currently, I am researching the emergence of the labor market as a contested site of federal policymaking during and after World War II — a domain of social-scientific knowledge known to those associated with it as “manpower” theory. My dissertation follows the trajectory of manpower ideas as they blended into other forms of labor-market knowledge in the “postindustrial” era of American political economy.