EDUCATION

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

 

TEACHING INTERESTS

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

 

PUBLICATIONS

Single-Author Manuscripts

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.

Public Scholarship

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/

Reviews

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

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

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

 

PUBLIC LECTURES

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.

 

CONFERENCE ACTIVITY

Panels Organized

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

Reviewer

2015, Sloth

2014, American Quarterly

Editorial Board

2008-2010 Text Practice Performance

Member

American Studies Association, History of Science Society, Animals and Society Institute, World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine, C19, Agricultural History Society

Departmental Service

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

Conference Service

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.