Academic Appointments

Lecturer in Liberal Studies, California State University-Los Angeles, January 2018-present

Lecturer in American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, June 2015-May 2017

Podcast Host and Digital Media Producer for The Range Podcast, Foodways Texas, Austin TX, periodically



Ph.D.  American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2015

Dissertation: Science, Animals, and Profit-Making in the American Rodeo Arena     

M.A.    American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2009

B.A.    English, Minor in History, Vassar College, 2005


Current Research and Writing

Locust. Under contract with Reaktion Books to appear in its popular Animal Series.  Manuscript in progress.  See Locust Tidbits for just that (but forgive me for my inattention to regular updating!).

A Few Serious Publications in the Wild

2018 “How to Make a Horse Have an Orgasm,” a piece of ethnographic fiction in the book Living With Animals: Bonds Across Species.

Buy it from Cornell University Press here.

2018 “A Question of Sex: Cloning, Culture, and Legitimacy Among American Quarter Horses.” Humanimalia 10:1, Fall 2018.

Read it here.

2018 “Pageants, Po’Boys, and Shrimp on a Stick: Documenting the Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival,” a photoessay co-authored with Emily Roehl, in the Spring 2018 issue of Southern Cultures

Read it here. (Paywalled)

2017 "From Hoof to Highway." Food and City 3: Fall 2017.  

Read it here.

2016 "Animal Sex Work." CASTAC (Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing) blog. 

Read it here.  

2015   “A Matter of Meat and Democracy: A Crisis in Veterinary Public Health.” University of Minnesota Program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine: web.  

Read it here

2014  “Dead Horses.” The End of Austin, Issue 5: web.

Read it here

2013   Materia Medica: Technology, Vaccination, and Antivivisection in Jazz Age Philadelphia. American Quarterly vol. 65, no. 3: 575-594.

Read it here, if you have access to Project Muse. 


Episode 1: Beans. The inaugural episode of The Range, a Foodways Texas podcast.

Episode 2: Ranching Below the Nueces. The second episode of The Range, a Foodways Texas Podcast.


2017  Review of The Perfect Horse: The Daring US Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped By The Nazis, Elizabeth Letts.  Equine History Collective.

Read it here.

2015   “Contingent Existence.” Review of Ghost Bird, Educational Edition. DVD. Scott Crocker, 2010. Antennae: A Journal of Nature and Culture, Spring 2015.

Read it here.  

2013  All Hat, No Cattle.” Review of Gender, Whiteness, and Power in Rodeo: Breaking Away From the Ties of Sexism and Racism, Tracey Owens Patton and Sally M. Schedlock. Humanimalia 4, no. 2.

Read it here.


Teaching Experience

California State University-Los Angeles

LBS 4200, Cultures of Science

LBS 3010/3020, Interdisciplinary Investigation and Writing the Interdisciplinary Essay

LBS 4890/4990, Capstone Seminar and Senior Project

University of Texas

AMS 370, The Civil War and American Culture 

AMS 310, Introduction to American Studies

AMS 356, Main Currents In American Culture Since 1865

AMS 311s, The Cowboy Mystique in American Culture


Recent and Current Conferences

Minding Animals Conference, Mexico City, January 2018

Agricultural History Annual Meeting, Grand Rapids, MI, June 2017, and Lexington, KY, June 2015

American Society for Environmental History, Chicago, IL, April 2017

Living With Animals, Richmond, KY, March 2017, 2015, and 2013

The Ideal Animal, Kassel, Germany, June 2016

History of Science Society, Chicago, IL, October 2014

The World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine, London, England, September 2014


Peer Reviewer

2017, Routledge

2015, 2016, and 2017, Sloth

2014, American Quarterly



I'm happy to send my full Academic CV upon request.