I am a cultural historian of science, medicine, and visual culture who researches paradoxes of visual representation and their histories. I'm establishing the Program in the History of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. I teach at SCI-Arc; and, soon, UCLA's History Department. I've worked at The Huntington Library, the Hammer Museum, the Petersen Automotive Museum, and the Getty Research Institute. I am a Member of the Board of the Women's Center for Creative Work.
I seek out the corners where disciplines meet. As an undergraduate at Harvard, I practiced art history and art-making. As a master's student in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art program at MIT, I studied the history of a nineteenth-century French anatomical atlas amid futurists, urban planners, and architects. While working towards my PhD in Harvard's Department of the History of Science, I traveled deeper into the past, trying to understand how pictures not only illustrated but constituted the seventeenth century's new physics. That's what my book manuscript, Skepticism's Pictures: Figuring Descartes's Natural Philosophy is all about. I'll be sure to talk your ear off about it the next time we meet, but only if you promise to tell me about you first.
Growing up in Los Angeles fostered my deep affection for driving and for eclecticism of all kinds. While coasting (or being bumper to bumper) on the 210 and the 101, you can find me listening to The Great Debates, Call Your Girlfriend, and the Slate Culture Gabfest. When I'm not on the road, I'm likely reading Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts (again); trying to find that perfect Bitmoji; watching Westworld; or playing Carly Rae Jepson's Emotion on repeat.