- Undergraduate Faculty
Assistant Professor of History
I am a scholar of 19th century U.S. history with an emphasis on women’s history and gender studies. Transnational in its approach, my research examines the intersection of American imperialism, commerce, and family in Hawai‘i from roughly the 1840s to the turn of the twentieth century. I am particularly interested in how industry, labor, and environment affect people’s intimate lives and family relations. Connected thematically, though separated geographically and temporally, my future research interests include how the trucking industry transformed the physical and social landscape in the United States in the second half of the twentieth century.
I believe that the study of the past is crucial to understanding geopolitics and inequalities in the present. My research on the Hawaiian pineapple industry and its colonial legacy in the contemporary tourism industry has been published in a special series on the “Plantationocene” in the online journal, Edge Effects. Currently, I teach classes on U.S. history, world history, and the American Civil War. I am interested in developing courses in women’s and gender history, environmental history, the histories of empire, and Hawai‘i and the Pacific World. I am passionate about both learning and teaching and am always looking for ways to include Hawai‘i on any syllabus.
- Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
- M.A., Pennsylvania State University, History and Women’s Studies
- B.A., Gettysburg College, History