My dissertation defense will be held on Monday, January 28, 2019. This event is free and open to the public. Please contact me if you’re interested in attending.

I’ll share a paper, entitled “The Pacific Railroads and the Pacific Ocean: A Reassessment,” at the Princeton American Studies Graduate Salon on Friday, March 29, 2019.

I’ll present a talk, “Using Digital Mapping to Illuminate Non-Narrative Sources,” at Data Conversations, an event hosted by Princeton’s Center for Digital Humanities in the History Department on Thursday, April 11, 2019.


  • “Water Lines: Marine Borders, Maritime Trade, and Steamboat Sovereignty in the Terraqueous Pacific Northwest, 1846–1872,” Long Nineteenth Century Workshop, Princeton University, December 12, 2018.
  • “Water Lines: Maritime Mobility and Marine Borders in the Pacific Northwest,” 2018 Western History Association Conference, San Antonio, Tex., October 19, 2018. [Conference schedule: PDF, Issuu]
  • “Borders and the Wet West: Indigenous Treaties, Marine Boundaries, and Annexation Schemes in the Mid-Nineteenth-Century Pacific Northwest,” Colonialism and Imperialism Workshop, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (P.I.I.R.S.), Princeton Univ., April 5, 2018.
  • “Harbors and the Wet West: The Northwest Passage, Commercial Expansionism, and Maritime Trade in the Nineteenth-Century Pacific Northwest,” Modern America Workshop (M.A.W.), History Dept., Princeton Univ., November 9, 2017.
  • “A Watery Critique of Settler Colonialism,” Colonialism and Imperialism Workshop, P.I.I.R.S., Princeton Univ., May 3, 2017.
  • “Waterlocked: Connection, Distance, and Isolation in the New Northwest,” M.A.W., History Dept., Princeton Univ., March 6, 2017.
  • “Enclosing the Water: Houseboats, Law, and Property in Puget Sound,” at “Life and Law in Rural America,” American Studies Graduate Student Conference, Princeton Univ., Princeton, N.J., March 26, 2016.
  • “Saltwater Settlement: Water, Sovereignty, and Settler Colonialism,” Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (N.C.A.I.S.) Graduate Student Conference, Newberry Library, Chicago, Ill., August 7, 2015.
  • “Changes on the Waters: Indigenous and Settler Place-Making on the Salish Sea,” Works-in-Progress Session, Princeton–Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities, School of Architecture, Princeton Univ., July 9, 2015.
  • “‘Whether They Are To Be Exterminated’: Native Americans, Military Science, and Ambivalence on the Pacific Railroad Surveys, 1853–1855,” Colonialism and Imperialism Workshop, P.I.I.R.S., Princeton Univ., March 11, 2015.