Personal Statement:

I am studying nineteenth-century US History with Lisa Jacobson and Pat Cohen (co-chairs). Generally, I’m interested in gender, consumer culture, religion, and women’s work in the American West.

My dissertation project, “Homespun Respectability: Silk Worlds, Women’s Work, and the Making of Mormon Identity, 1850-1910s,” is an economic, cultural, and labor history of silk production in Mormon communities, contextualized by national and international silk industries during this period. I examine how Mormon women–the primary stewards of the silk industry–committed themselves to sericulture and created formal institutions to raise money, spread information about best practices, and pursue local, national, and international markets for their goods. My work considers polygamy as a labor system as well as the intersections of labor, gender, race, commerce, and commodities in community building and religious identity in the American West. This project also links nineteenth-century archival material with analyses of how the public commemorates and interacts with the past. In particular, I consider sites that memorialize the first generations of Latter-day Saints, including “This is the Place” Heritage Park and the “This is the Place” monument in Salt Lake City.

I have presented at annual meetings of the Western Association of Women Historians, the American Society for Ethnohistory, and the Western History Association. I have received research support from the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, the Coalition for Western Women’s History, and the Huntington Library.

I am also the founder of, a digital public history project that uses the Disney park experience to teach historical lessons. While waiting in line for rides and walking around the parks, users can visit the site and learn about the historical roots of the designs, characters, attractions, and food that they encounter.


Dissertation Title:

"Homespun Respectability: Silk Worlds, Women's Work, and Mormon Identity, 1850-1910s"

Selected Publications:

“‘You Look Like a Boy’: Gendered Representations of Hair Loss in Books for Pediatric Cancer Patients” in The Lion and the Unicorn 37, no. 2 (April 2013): 125-142.

Review of Julia Bricklin, America’s Best Female Sharpshooter: The Rise and Fall of Lillian Frances Smith (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2017) in Great Plains Quarterly 38, no. 4. Fall 2018.

Review of Mark W. Robbins, Middle Class Union: Organizing the ‘Consuming Public’ in Post-World War I America (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2017) in the Michigan Historical Review 44, no. 1. Spring 2018.

Review of Rachel Cope et al., eds., Mormon Women’s History: Beyond Biography (Lanham, MD: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2017) in Reading Religion. May 2018.


Teaching Fields:

Gender and Consumer Culture in the US

US History, 1865 to the Present

Public History

American Religions

The American West

Women and Work

Courses Taught:

Instructor of Record

HIST 159B-Women in American History (1800-1900) Summer 2018

Teaching Assistant

HIST 17A-The American People (Colonial through Jacksonian Era) Fall 2014

HIST 17B-The American People (Sectional Crisis through Progressivism) Winter 2015, Winter 2016

HIST 17C-The American People (World War I to the Present) Spring 2014, Spring 2015

HIST 5-History of the Present Fall 2015

HIST 4C-Western Civilization (1700 to the Present) Spring 2016

HIST 2C-World History (1700 to the Present) Summer 2015

Writing 2, AY 2018-2019

Awards & Professional Activities:

Dissertation Fellowship, UCSB Graduate Division, Winter 2020.

Maxwell Institute’s Consultation on Latter-day Saint Women in Comparative Perspective, Brigham Young University, Summer 2019.

Tanner Humanities Center Fellowship in Latter-day Saints Studies, University of Utah, AY 2019-20.

Coalition for Western Women’s History Conference Travel Grant, Fall 2018.

Gloria Ricci Lothrop Research Fellowship in Western American Women’s History, The Huntington Library, Summer 2018.

UCSB History Associates Fellowship, Spring 2015 and Spring 2018.

UCSB History Department Fellowship, Spring 2018.

Graduate Humanities Research Fellowship, AY 2017-18.

UCSB Graduate Student Association Conference Travel Grant, Fall 2017.

UCSB History Department Conference Travel Grant, Spring 2017.

UCSB History Department Research Travel Grant, Spring 2017.

Steve and Barbara Mendell Graduate Fellowship in Cultural Literacy, for research that advances the goals of broad-based cultural literacy and high ethical standards in participative democracy, Spring 2017.

William H. Ellison Prize, UCSB History Associates, for the best history graduate seminar paper, Spring 2017.

Van Gelderen Graduate Fellowship, UCSB History Associates, for graduate students studying the American West, Spring 2017.

Charles Redd Fellowship Award in Western American Studies, Spring 2017.

Wilbur Jacobs Prize, UCSB History Associates, for the outstanding graduate student in frontier studies, Spring 2016.

Robert L. Kelley Fellowship, UCSB History Associates, for the outstanding graduate student in public history, Spring 2016.

American Society for Ethnohistory Conference Travel Grant, Fall 2016.

Dick Cook Memorial Fellowship, UCSB History Associates, for the outstanding graduate student in research, teaching, and service, Spring 2015.

Arizona President’s Scholarship, eight semesters.

Moeur Award, Arizona State University, for graduates with the highest academic standing, 2013.

Dean’s List, Arizona State University: 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13.