Speaking

I’ve discussed my research at Princeton, Yale, and Columbia, and at the Newberry Library, the American Philosophical Society, and the Museum of Chinese in America, among others. This page lists my upcoming and past speaking engagements. (You can also follow me on Twitter for periodic updates about future events.)

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“The Forgotten History of the Transcontinental Railroads,” an invited presentation at the Museum of Chinese in America. New York City, October 24, 2019.

If you’re interested in having me speak at your campus, museum, or other institution, please get in touch. I’m also available to comment on other scholarly work at workshops and symposia, and I’m always interested in collaborating with other scholars on panel proposals for future conferences.

Upcoming events.

I’ll present an invited paper, “Settler Steamboats: Mobility, Settler Colonialism, and Steam Power in the Terraqueous Pacific Northwest, 1846–1872,” at the History of Ocean Science, Technology and Medicine working group, a part of the Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine, over Zoom on September 15, 2020.

I’ll present a paper, “Settler Steamboats: Mobility, Settler Colonialism, and Steam Power in the Terraqueous Pacific Northwest, 1846–1872,” at the virtual Western History Association 2020 annual meeting during October 14–17, 2020, as part of a conference panel, “Mobility, Settler Colonialism, and Place in the North American West,” that I organized.

I’ll present on the roundtable table session “New Directions in the Study of the Pacific West,” at the virtual Western History Association 2020 annual meeting during October 14–17, 2020.

I’ll present an invited paper, “The Pacific Railroads and the Pacific Ocean: American Expansion, Asian Trade, and Terraqueous Mobility, 1869–1914,” at the Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture, hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society, in Boston, Mass., on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. [This event was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.]

I’ll present a paper, “Routes to the Pacific: Terraqueous Mobility, Geographic Imagination, and American Westward Expansion, 1776–1846,” as part of the panel “Geography Lessons: Spatial Thinking Beyond the Map” at the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic 2021 annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during July 2021. [This event was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.]


Past events.

Invited talks

Conference activity

Conferences organized

Conference papers presented

Campus workshops and comments

Workshop papers presented

  • “The Pacific Railroads and the Pacific Worlds: American Expansion, Asian Trade, and Terraqueous Mobility,” at the Long Nineteenth Century Workshop, hosted by the Humanities Council, Princeton University. [Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.]
  • “Settler Steamboats: Mobility, Settler Colonialism, and Steam Power in the Terraqueous Pacific Northwest, 1846–1872,” at the Colonialism and Imperialism Workshop, hosted by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, Princeton University, February 12, 2020.
  • “The Pacific Railroads and the Pacific World: American Expansion, Asian Trade, and Terraqueous Mobility,” Princeton American Studies Graduate Salon, May 13, 2019.
  • “Using Digital Mapping to Illuminate Non-Narrative Sources,” Data Conversations in History, organized by the Center for Digital Humanities and hosted by the Department of History, Princeton University, April 11, 2019.
  • “Water Lines: Marine Borders, Maritime Trade, and Steamboat Sovereignty in the Terraqueous Pacific Northwest, 1846–1872,” Long Nineteenth Century Workshop, the Humanities Council, Princeton University, December 12, 2018.
  • “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 University, 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.), Department of History, Princeton University, November 9, 2017.
  • “A Watery Critique of Settler Colonialism,” Colonialism and Imperialism Workshop, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (P.I.I.R.S.), Princeton University, May 3, 2017.
  • “Waterlocked: Connection, Distance, and Isolation in the New Northwest,” Modern America Workshop (M.A.W.), Department of History, Princeton University, March 6, 2017.
  • “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 University, 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 University, March 11, 2015.

Comments delivered

  • For Sarah Hunt, “Plural Legal Geographies of the B.C. Coast: Struggles over Water, Fish and Jurisdiction,” at “Contested Lands: Territory, Resources, and Identity in Contemporary Canada” (symposium), Princeton–Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities, Princeton University, September 30, 2017.
  • For Michael Rawson, “The Nature of Tomorrow: A History of the Environmental Future,” Modern America Workshop, Dept. of History, Princeton Univ., April 27, 2017.

Other events