Ph.D. American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2015
Doctoral Portfolio in Cultural Studies
Dissertation: Science, Animals, and Profit-Making in the American Rodeo Arena
Committee: Janet M. Davis (Chair), Elizabeth S. D. Engelhardt, Randolph Lewis, Thomas Hunt, Erika Bsumek, and Susan D. Jones
M.A. American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2009
B.A. English, Minor in History, Vassar College, 2005
U.S. History; History of the American West, Environmental History; Science, Medicine and Technology; Animal Studies; Women, Gender, and Sexuality; Biopolitics; U.S. Empire and Transnationalism
Rationalizing the Rodeo: Animal Agriculture and Taming the American Environment. Under contract with the University of Massachusetts Press.
Locust. Under contract with Reaktion Books to appear in its popular Animal Series.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
2013 Materia Medica: Technology, Vaccination, and Antivivisection in Jazz Age Philadelphia. American Quarterly vol. 65, no. 3: 575-594.
2008 “Deserting the Desert, Salvaging the Southland: The Re-Location of the American Hero and Cultural Identity in 1970s Outlaw Movies.” Text Practice Performance 7: 9-28.
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. http://minnesotahstm.blogspot.com/2015/03/a-matter-of-meat-and-democracy-crisis.html
2014 “Dead Horses.” The End of Austin, Issue 5: web. http://endofaustin.com/2014/05/22/dead-horses/
2015 “Contingent Existence.” Review of Ghost Bird, Educational Edition. DVD. Scott Crocker, 2010. Antennae: A Journal of Nature and Culture, Spring 2015: web. http://www.antennae.org.uk/reviews-ghost-bird/4589400980
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: web. http://www.depauw.edu/humanimalia/index.html
Works In Progress
“Whistleblowing the USDA: A Federal Veterinarian’s Campaign for Public Health, Animal Safety, and American Democracy.” Submitting to ISIS.
“Winter in Wyoming: A Veterinary Diary of the Wyoming Hereford Ranch During the Second World War.” Submitting to Agricultural History.
Ongoing contributions to the History of Science, Technology and Medicine blog, University of Minnesota
AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS
Major Research Support
2013-2014 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, Funded under the Science, Technology, and Society Directorate
2012-2013 University of Texas Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
2012-2013 Louann Atkins Temple Endowed Presidential Fellowship
Travel and Professional Development Grants
2015 Agricultural History Society Travel Grant for the Workshop on the Study of Animals in History
2014 National Science Foundation Travel Grant via History of Science Society
2014 WAHVM Student Bursary
2014 University of Texas Professional Development Grant
2013 University of Texas Professional Development Grant
2012 American Heritage Center Research Travel Grant
2012 Department of American Studies Professional Development Grant
2011 American Studies Association Anne K. Baxter Travel Grant
2011 Department of American Studies Professional Development Grant
2011 University of Texas Professional Development Grant
2010 University of Texas Professional Development Grant
2009 University of Texas Professional Development Grant
2007 University of Texas Dean’s Award of Merit
University of Texas
AMS 310, Introduction to American Studies, Instructor
AMS 356, Main Currents In American Culture Since 1865, Instructor
AMS 311s, The Cowboy Mystique in American Culture, Instructor
AMS 310: Introduction to American Studies, assistant to Steven Hoelscher
AMS 355: Main Currents in American Culture after 1865, assistant to Mark Smith
AMS 355: Main Currents in American Culture to 1865, assistant to Shirley Thompson
AMS 310: Introduction to American Studies, assistant to Cary Cordova
AMS 310: Introduction to American Studies, assistant to Tracy Wuster
ME 333T: Engineering Communications, assistant to Christy Moore
2015 “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures: Buffalo Bill, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Centrality of the Cowboy to Empires Overseas.” Odyssey Personal Enrichment Program, University of Texas, Austin, TX.
2014 Beyond the Laboratory: Animals and the Culture of Scientific Knowledge, History of Science Society, Chicago, IL, November 6-9.
2012 The Animal Dimensions of Empire, American Studies Association. San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 15-18.
Recent Conference Presentations
2015 “With a Regal Moo and a Toss of his Dewlap”: A Veterinarian’s Diary of Beef Sire Science and Animal Affinity During the Second World War. Agricultural History Society, Lexington, KY, June 3-6.
2015 Animal Infiltrations: Teaching Animal Studies in Traditional Courses. Second Biennial Living With Animals/Teaching With Animals/Living With Horses Conference, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY, March 19-21.
2014 Envisioning Living Tissue: Race, Animality, and Conflicts Over Vivisection in 1920s America. History of Science Society, Chicago, IL, November 6-9.
2014 “Democracy as well as a safe food supply will be lost”: A Federal Veterinarian’s Campaign for Public Health, Animal Safety, and American Democracy. World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine Congress, Imperial College London, UK, September 11-14.
2014 “Our Best Trait is Your Success”: Reading Divergent Genomes in Pigs and Horses. Co-presentation with Dr. Brett Mizelle, CSU-Long Beach. Reading Animals: An International English Studies Conference, University of Sheffield, UK, July 17-20.
2013 Tough Men, Tender Meat: The Growing Visibility of Pain Management in Professional Rodeo. Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians. San Francisco, CA, April 11-14.
2013 One Pound of Flesh: The Connection Between Commercial Horse Slaughter and Private Horse Cloning in North America. Living With Animals/Teaching With Animals/Living With Horses Conference at Eastern Kentucky University. Richmond, KY, March 21-23.
2012 A Saddlebag Full of Syringes: Rodeo’s Technoscience Frontier. American Studies Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 15-18.
2011 The Inappropriate Lens: Muybridge’s Human Subjects of Animal Locomotion. American Studies Association, Baltimore, MD, Oct 20-23.
2011 Flesh Prejudice: Race and Anti-Hippophagy. Western History Association, Oakland, CA, Oct. 13-16.
RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE
2007-2015 Instructor, Classical Dressage, Flying Pig Farm, Elgin, TX
2005-2007 Equine Veterinary Technician, Rectortown Equine Center, Rectortown, VA
PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AND AFFILIATIONS
2014, American Quarterly
2008-2010 Text Practice Performance
American Studies Association, History of Science Society, Animals and Society Institute, World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine, C19, Agricultural History Society
2015 Graduate Community Liaison, Faculty Hiring Committee
2009-2014 Leader, First Year Graduate Student Orientation, 2009-2014
2013 Co-organizer, Professional Development Workshop, “Funding, Conducting, and Organizing Archival Research,” March and November.
2010-2012 Member, UT American Studies Graduate Student Committee
2015 Session Moderator, “Sick: Bodies and Affect.” “Home/Sick,” Austin, TX. April 2.
2014 Conference Report Writer, World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine Congress, London, UK, 2014.
2013 Coordinating Committee Member, “Reimagining the American Dream,” Austin, TX. April 4-5.
2013 Session Moderator, “The American Dream and the Spatial Imaginary.” “Re-imagining the American Dream.” Austin, TX, April 4-5.
2009 Coordinating Committee Chair, “Division Street, U.S.A.” Austin, TX. Sept. 24-25.
2009 Session Moderator, “Barack Obama: Redefining Rhetoric and Righteousness.” “Division Street, U.S.A.” Austin, TX, Sept. 24-25.
2008 Coordinating Committee Member, “‘Mongrel’ America.” Austin, TX, Oct. 2-3.
2008 Session Moderator, “Reading ‘Culture’ Through Linguistic Liminality.” “‘Mongrel’ America.” Austin, TX, Oct. 2-3.