About

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Hello! I live in Athens, Ohio, and write about history and culture for magazines, newspapers, and the Internet. I’m currently a staff writer for Slate.com.

I’ve also written for Aeon Magazine, the Boston Globe’s Ideas section, the Virginia Quarterly Review, The Atlantic‘s website, the Austin-American Statesman, and others. You can see my favorite clips here.

I’ve hosted three podcast projects for Slate Plus: one on the history of American slavery, with co-host Jamelle Bouie; another on the history of fascism, with co-hosts June Thomas and Josh Keating; and a third on the history of Reconstruction, again with Jamelle Bouie.

From 2012 through last year, I ran a blog on Slate called The Vault, where I posted historical objects, images, and documents. (More on that project here.) The Vault is now largely dormant.

I also write Slate‘s daily newsletter, The Angle.

I hold a Ph.D and an MA in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BA in American Studies from Yale University. I’m a visiting scholar in the Department of History at Ohio University. Publications, CV, and other academic materials are available here. 

My book, Innocent Experiments: Childhood and the Culture of Public Science in the United States, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2016. Here’s the Amazon link. (Read much more about this project here.)

As I get older and time rushes, I find myself preoccupied with keeping track of the things I write, cook, listen to, read, and watch. One result is my newsletter, with recommendations of books, articles, recipes, and podcasts, as well as links to the things I’ve published in the past week. The other is my reading list.

The image on this site’s front page is from the Belcher Mosaic Glass Company’s 1886 catalog. I wrote about it on The Vault in 2015.