I am a PhD student with a commitment to pursuing interdisciplinary scholarship. My research interests focus on the development of gay and lesbian consumer culture in the late twentieth century United States. I am also interested in representations of gender and sexuality in twentieth century US literature, popular culture, and visual media. I recently completed a research project on advertising, gay owned and operated businesses, and gay and lesbian reader engagement with OutWeek magazine between 1989 and 1991.
My undergraduate dissertation examined anti-suffrage visual culture and gender anxieties in the Progressive Era. My MA dissertation analyzed female military recruitment posters, pin-ups, and anti-venereal disease posters in order to evaluate the extent to which images of female sexuality and femininity were used to police gender roles within the military in the 1940s.
I am thrilled to once again be a member of the UCSB History Department, as I studied abroad here as an undergraduate during the 2013-2014 school year. In my spare time, I enjoy dancing, walking on Santa Barbara’s many beautiful beaches, and gluten free baking. I also am a writer, performer, and a member of the Womxn’s Ensemble Theatre Troupe on campus. Our annual February production of The Vagina Monologues and Herstories raises funds for Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA) and One Billion Rising.
As a TA:
HIST 5: The History of the Present (Fall 2018)
HIST 17B: The American People – 1820 to 1920 (Winter 2019)
HIST 17C: The American People – World War I to the Present (Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018)
HIST 74: Poverty, Inequality and Social Justice in Historical and Global Context (Fall 2019)
As a Reader:
HIST 166LB: American Legal History (Spring 2019)
Awards & Professional Activities:
“Gender, Class, and Culture in the Progressive Era”. Guest lecture for History 17B. March 5th 2019. IV Theater 1, UCSB. 75 minutes.
“Read All AbOUT It: Activism, Consumerism, and Community Building in OutWeek Magazine, 1989-1991.” Envisioning LGBTQIA+ Wellbeing Graduate Conference. November 16 2018. Loma Pelona Center, UCSB. 25 minutes.